Judith Clurman, Silas Brown, Essential Voices and Tony & Grammy Award-winning producer Van Dean (Broadway Records) announced today the release of “Testimony,” a new single written by award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) with proceeds benefiting anti-bullying workshops in New York City Public Schools. The new single will be released on iTunes, BroadwayRecords.com and all major retailers on Friday, November 17, 2017.
“‘Testimony’ was written using interviews for the ‘It Gets Better’ project, but to me it has always had a broader implication, speaking for those who have experienced bullying or felt shame for who they are, whatever the reason,” said Schwartz. “I have always hoped for a good SATB performance, and hearing the piece so beautifully sung by the EVUSA under the always impeccable direction of Judith Clurman is ?a real joy for me.”
Inspired by the “It Gets Better Project”, Schwartz wrote “Testimony” for a 2012 concert performance by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) performed the World Premiere of the mixed chorus version, at Carnegie Hall, in 2013, as part of a New York Pops concert celebrating the composer, and once again, at the Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz concert, at Symphony Space in 2016.
“Rehearsing, conducting, and recording ‘Testimony’ has been a moving experience for me and for my chorus members,” said Clurman. “I hope that this recording can help inspire people to be more sensitive to other people’s feelings.”
The recording with Essential Voices USA includes Joseph Beutel, Luthien Brackett, Connor Cheek, Lianne Coble, Margery Daley, Lana Graves, Paul Hernandez, Alonso Johnson,??? Helen Karloski, Matthew Leonard, David Gabriel Lerner, Kate Levin, Drew Martin, Steven Moore, Kim Queren, Heather Petrie, Jamet Pittman, Gregory Purnhagen, Mikki Sodergren, Elisa Singer, John Tiranno, Kim Queren, Tommy Wazelle, Katherine Wessinger, Lewis White. James Cunningham is at the piano.
Songwriter and musical theatre composer Joey Contreras has released a music video for his new single ‘Another New York Love Story’ featuring Leslie Hiatt, which is available for streaming on all platforms.
The new EP features the singing of four top Broadway stars: 2019 Tony Award nominee Damon Daunno (Curly in Broadway’s ‘Oklahoma!’); 1987 Tony Award nominee Robert Torti (Greaseball from ‘Starlight Express’); Andy Mientus (Broadway’s ‘Les Misérables,’ and in the role of the Pied Piper on the CW TV series ‘The Flash’); and Jennifer DiNola (Elphaba in Broadway’s ‘Wicked’).
Tune in right here today, October 1 (12pm ET), as he chats with Broadway’s favorite couple, Orfeh and Andy Karl, who will headline concerts with Seth Rudetsky on October 4 (8pm) and 5 (3pm).
The release of On The Level continues Stage Door’s ‘Cast Album Masters Series’. Licensing recordings from the major labels, the series presents the CD debut of many London Cast Recordings from the 1960s and 1970s, all digitally remastered from the studio master tapes.
Today is the book birthday of Insight Editions’ original Mean Girls graphic novel continuation, MEAN GIRLS: SENIOR YEAR (Insight Editions; 9/29)! This is the first graphic novel expansion of the Mean Girls story that has been such a pivotal cultural touchstone since the 2004 release of Tina Fey’s film.
During a time in history where there is so much uncertainty , so much loss, Marcus Paul James (Ain’t Too Proud, Miss You Like Hell, Motown, RENT) is bringing music to remind us that we are still here, that we are still strong.
Broadway vet John Treacy Egan and Metropolitan Opera regular Jason Simon’s popular children’s book, ‘Ingredients for a Witch’, originally released in print in 2019, was released as an e-book on September 15th, 2020.
After spending years as an actor, choreographer, and director in Seattle and NYC, this performer found major inspiration while working as part of the ensemble of The Addams Family musical, and shares how he decided to showcase this community through The Ensemblist.
A work of startling originality when it debuted in 1938, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town evolved to become a vintage slice of early 20th-century Americana. This unique and timely book shines a light on the play’s continued impact in the 21st century and makes a case for the healing powers of Wilder’s text for a world confronting multiple crises.
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced that The Liz Swados Project will be released on CD in stores and online Friday, October 2. The album is currently available on digital and streaming formats.
GRAMMY®/EMMY®/TONY®-winner Billy Porter has released For What It’s Worth (Tracy Young ‘Groove for Good’ Remix). For What It’s Worth (Tracy Young ‘Groove for Good’ Remix) is available on all streaming platforms and digital retailer.
THE LION KING’s Simba, Brad Gibson, has released a new music video for his song ‘Fool’.
Broadway Records has announced today that the Broadbend, Arkansas (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording) is now available on CD.
The fact that Nick Cordero isna??t here to celebrate NICK CORDERO: LIVE YOUR LIFE – LIVE AT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW is an injustice. The record is absolutely breathtaking. Corderoa??s sincerity, heart, and remarkable talent radiates across every second of the recording.
On September 18, we will see the release of She Is Risen: Volume II, the hotly awaited follow-up that brings together the extraordinary team that made the first volume a resounding success.
Baskin-Robbins has teamed up with actor and author Taye Diggs to bring the magical world of the brand’s new Creature Creations’ lineup to life with the release of a children’s e-book titled ‘The Festival of Creatures’.
Broadway Records announced today the release of the world premiere recording of Secondhand Lions, a new musical with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (First Date) and a book by Rupert Holmes (Mystery of Edwin Drood).
Deadline has reported that Orfeh and Andy Karl have acquired the rights to Eric Bernat’s 2016 mystery novel The Dancer.
Michelle Vezilj is an accomplished actress, comedienne, writer, and singer-songwriter. She recently played a sold out concert at Los Angeles’ fabled Troubadour, and now she is officially releasing the music video for her latest single, the breathtakingly poignant ‘SAD GIRLS DON’T CRY,’ on Friday, September 18, 2020; however, BroadwayWorld has exclusively been granted early access to the gorgeous video and evocative song.
Random House Childrena??s Books will be launching an exciting new publishing program in partnership with the renowned American Ballet Theatre later this month. To start, they are publishing two beautiful new picture books; BOYS DANCE! and B IS FOR BALLET (Doubleday Books for Young Readers | On Sale: September 22, 2020 | Ages 3a?”7).
1969: The Second Man, an original concept album by Jacob Brandt about the second man to walk on the moon, will be released this October. The album will be available to stream everywhere beginning October 1, 2020, the 62nd Anniversary of the founding of NASA. It is now available for pre-download on Spotify.
Captured before an intimate gathering of invited friends, family and fans at Manhattan’s renowned Power Station studio, the album features an unprecedented trio of vocals, vibraphone and bass featuring master musicians Joe Locke and James Genus and produced by longtime Prince collaborator Renato Neto.
Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki have announced publication of the #SongsOfComfort Songbook. Included are twelve songs from their music video series in a piano/vocal folio with guitar chords, background information, photographs, Robert Risko illustration, and four color plates. Inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s #SongsOfComfort project. 73 pages, limited edition.
Theatre Communications Group has announced the publication of Plays for The Public by Richard Foreman.
Broadway Records announced today the release of ‘Jaime Lozano & The Familia: Songs by an Immigrant’. Heralded the ‘next big thing’ on Broadway by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lozano’s new album will feature an eclectic collaboration of musical theatre, jazz, Mexican folklore, Tex-Mex, and Latin musicians and performers.
Broadway Records announced today a three-album partnership with the creators of the Averno Universe, a fictional universe that lives across several media platforms. Broadway Records will release the concept recording of Willow, the first of three albums in the Averno musical series, on September 25th.
Tony Award nominee, Sarah Stiles (Tootsie, Hand to God) recently released her debut EP, You Can Ukulele With Me, via Broadway Records. This recoding is in collaboration with songwriter, Holly Gewandter, and has become a bright spot in these uncertain times. Coincidentally recorded ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic, this EP resonates now more than ever, as we are searching for an escape from the stress and worry and this recording, produced and arranged by Scott Wasserman, is a cheery and humorous antidote.
A Killer Party has figured out exactly how to tap into digital-theatre-era frustrations and jokes. A murder mystery that leans gleefully into the campiness of the genre more than the horror, the soundtrack to this video-conferenced musical is as far from deadly dull as it gets.
The release of the Original Cast Demo Recording of PEACH BOY a?” A New Musical is now available on all major music platforms including Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. With music by Phil Luna and book & lyrics by Tony Pinizzotto, the album includes all 18 songs from the enchanting new coming-of-age musical based on the 200-year-old Japanese Fairytale of Momotarō: The Peach Boy. Produced by its creator and award-winning writer Tony Pinizzotto, the album will be available everywhere where digital music is sold, accompanying its development last year.
Craft Recordings and Concord Theatricals have announced a special reissue of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, available today exclusively at Barnes & Noble. This 2-LP set features classic songs like ‘I Enjoy Being a Girl’ and ‘Love, Look Away.’
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