Posts Tagged ‘Michael Stewart’

Barnum London Revival

20914563 1654389091277881 9222668649194400771 n Barnum London RevivalThe Tony Award-winning musical Barnum will get a London revival this November at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Barnum, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and a book by Mark Bramble, tells the story of PT Barnum, the greatest showman on Earth! The revival will be directed by Gordon Greenberg (Guys and Dolls) and will run from November 25 – March 3rd. Click HERE for more info.

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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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Mark Murphy – I Love My Wife

(click song title above to listen)

Vocalist Mark Murphy, the iconoclastic cabaret singer, was a six-time Grammy nominee known for his improvisational skill and wide vocal range. Born in Syracuse, New York in 1932, Murphy settled in London in the early 1960s and remained in Europe recording for British labels such as Fontana and Immediate before returning to the states in 1973 and signing to the Muse label. Mark recorded a total of 23 albums for the Muse and HighNote labels and was the recipient of the 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2001 Down Beat magazine readers jazz poll for Best Male Vocalist of the Year. Murphy continued to tour internationally into his 80s before passing away in 2015 leaving behind a long list of ardent supporters and admiring musicians and singers.

This week’s top tune was released on Mark’s 1979 album Mark Murphy Sings Mostly Dorothy Fields and Cy Coleman for the Audiophile label. The track features the Loonis McGlohon Trio and can be heard in a killer scene in Robert Schwartzman‘s excellent directorial debut film, Dreamland (streaming now on Netflix).

Schwartzman, best known as the frontman of the band Rooney, adds serious filmmaker chops to his resume in a well-crafted, well acted gem of a film. Nods to the extended Coppola/Schwartzman family pepper the project, brother Jason and mother Talia Shire play supporting roles to stellar lead performances by Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, and Beverly D’Angelo in a Graduate-style coming-of-age tale. Not to be missed!

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Contact & Licensing Info
“I Love My Wife” written by Cy Coleman & Michael Stewart.
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw /
Master Controlled by Audiophile Records

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Happy Birthday Frank!

594468861 MW 4518 6767D2611AA93388B8EBF976A2B38676 1024x681 Happy Birthday Frank!What would we do without these two?! Click HERE to read an excerpt from Tony Bennett’s introduction to the LIFE special edition Sinatra at 100.

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