Posts Tagged ‘Harbinger Records’

Barnum Backers’ Audition

18485263 1438962509513401 5298952236713106362 n Barnum Backers AuditionHarbinger Records & The Musical Theater Project bring you a rare and historic recording, the actual Barnum backers’ audition performed by the songwriters of the score. Imagine yourself sitting in the lavish and fashionable East Side apartment of Maurice and Lois Rosenfield. You are plied with drinks and hors d’oeuvres and are entertained intimately by two legendary Broadway writers of a marvelous new score. Would you have invested in the show? Barnum with music by Cy Coleman & lyrics by Michael Stewart would eventually run at the St. James Theatre for 854 performances, win a Tony for the show’s star, Jim Dale, and launch the career of Glenn Close. It spawned a successful London production and countless regional and amateur productions since its opening night on April 30, 1980.

Available now for pre-order, get a glimpse behind the scenes at the birth a new musical comedy. Features extensive liner notes written by Coleman biographer Andy Propst. Click HERE to order.

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Nanci Adams – I’m Serving Out A Heavy Sentence Loving You

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This week’s top tune comes from the companion CD to the critically-acclaimed new Cy Coleman bio by Andy Propst, You Fascinate Me So: The Life And Times of Cy Coleman from Applause Books (read some recent praise from Masterworks’, Peter Filichia HERE).

The album was produced by Ken Bloom of Harbinger Records and co-released by The Musical Theater Project as part of their Songwriter Showcase Series, a collection of albums that spotlights great songwriters interpreting their own music and lyrics. For the first time on CD, hear Coleman perform 28 songs from his Broadway, Off-Broadway, rare pop songs, and songs from shows that never opened. From the liner notes: “Cy never lost his urge to perform, with this album compiled from demo recordings he made over the years, you can sample his work as both a composer and a pianist-singer”.

“I’m Serving A Heavy Sentence Loving You” is a demo from 1966 with probably one of the best titles of any song in our catalog and a lyric by Floyd Huddleston.

“Pop music was changing profoundly in the 1960s, but Cy adapted without missing a beat, as evidenced not only by the mod sounds in Sweet Charity, but also in this collaboration with Floyd Huddleston, a friend throughout Cy’s life.” says Bloom. “He would ultimately turn to Huddleston’s wife, Nanci Adams, for assitance during the filming of Sweet Charity. She was hired to contract the studio singers who provided vocals during the movie’s opening and closing moments”. Adams, who sings on the demo was also the singing voice of Maid Marian from Disney’s Robin Hood in 1973.

“The album serves as both a soundtrack to Propst’s exemplary new biography and a volume that can stand on its own right from a songwriter who also happened to be a nightclub pro – a virtuosic pianist and coolly conversational singer”. – Joe Marchese, The Second Disc. You can order your copy HERE.

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Contact & Licensing Info
“I’m Serving Out A Heavy Sentence Loving You” is Published by Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw /
Master controlled by Notable Music Co.

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Peggy Lee – You Fascinate Me So

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I have a feeling that beneath the little halo on your noble head,
There lies a thought or two the devil might be interested to know.
You’re like the finish of a novel that I’ll finally have to take to bed,
You fas-ci-nate me so.

This week’s Top Tune deserved an encore performance because it is also the most-appropriate title of the debut of author Andy Propst’s excellent and in-depth new biography, You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman available this week from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.

The book takes readers into the world of Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-winning composer/performer Cy Coleman, exploring his days as a child prodigy in the 1930s, his time as a hot jazz pianist and early television celebrity in the 1950s, and his life as one of Broadway’s preeminent composers. An unstoppable creative force, Coleman penned standards such as “Witchcraft”, “The Best is Yet to Come”, and “Big Spender” and wrote such musicals as Sweet Charity, I Love My Wife, On the Twentieth Century, and City of Angels yet his life has gone entirely unexplored until now. Includes interviews with collaborators, musicians, performers, family and the friends who immortalized his work on record & stage. Click HERE to order.

While reading the book, check out this interactive website for a full discography of Cy Coleman’s tunes including audio clips of rare tracks and a wealth of information on his produced musicals, unproduced musicals, and commissioned work.

Also, coming May 26th for the first time on CD, Harbinger Records/Musical Theatre Project brings you 28 rare recordings sung by the man himself. From The Second Disc: “The set includes rarities like “The Laarge Daark Aardvark Song” co-written with late comedy hero Allan Sherman, and Coleman’s own rendition of his early pop hit “Why Try to Change Me Now” recently interpreted by Bob Dylan on his Shadows in the Night! A must-have”. Order HERE.

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Contact & Licensing:
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw /
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Capitol Records. Contact: Doug James /

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