Friday, May 29, 2009

Just arrived from PS Classics....

Stephanie J. BlockStephanie J. Block - This Place I Know

After starring opposite Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz, in the title role of The Pirate Queen, and as Elphaba in Wicked, the dynamic Stephanie J. Block is back on Broadway this spring, wowing audiences in 9 to 5: The Musical.

For her debut solo album, THIS PLACE I KNOW, she has gathered an amazing array of award-winning musical theatre songwriters. Composer Stephen Flaherty accompanies Stephanie for the recording premiere of his "Something Beautiful," while Stephen Schwartz assumes the piano on "Making Good," the driving ballad Stephanie originated in WICKED's initial workshops. Marvin Hamlisch not only accompanies but arranges his own "Smart Women," cut from the Broadway play with music IMAGINARY FRIENDS, while country music legend Dolly Parton joins vocal forces with Stephanie to reinvent her 1974 classic, "I Will Always Love You." In fact, every track finds the composer joining Stephanie to interpret his or her song; THIS PLACE I KNOW also features collaborations with Deborah Abramson, Scott Alan, Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler, Andrew Lippa, Paul Loesel, Steve Marzullo, and Claude-Michel Schonberg. Nine of the thirteen tracks are premiere recordings.

The Story Of My LifeThe Story Of My Life - 2009 Original Broadway Cast

Neil Bartram and Brian Hill’s new musical had an all-too-short run on Broadway - THE STORY OF MY LIFE is about the unlikely friendship between a writer – one who tells stories – and a bookseller – one who lives among them. It’s about small moments that pass by unnoticed but have reverberations long into the future. And it’s a love story of sorts, about two souls – Alvin (Malcolm Gets) and Thomas (Will Chase) – who meet in grade school, become best friends, and forever change each other’s lives.

Steven PasqualeSteven Pasquale - Somethin' Like Love

Before he was hijacked by Hollywood to play fireman Sean Garrity on FX’s long-running hit series Rescue Me, Steve Pasquale wowed theatre audiences in such shows as Spitfire Grill, The Light in the Piazza (for which he created the lead role of Fabrizio), and his Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk-nominated performance in Flaherty and Ahrens' A Man of No Importance.

His debut solo album from PS Classics is a collection of romantic, jazz-tinged classics, in which Steve unbuttons his collar and rolls up his sleeves as he offers signature interpretations of some of the most enduring standards in the Great American Songbook.

Malcolm GetsMalcolm Gets - The Journey Home

After forging an acclaimed career as a star of Broadway (Amour, A New Brain, The Story Of My Life) and television (Caroline In The City), Malcolm Gets retraces his musical roots in his debut album, The Journey Home. Rediscovering his diverse musical touchstones, he digs deep into beloved classics (Long Before I Knew You), takes on anthems both raucous (It's A Fine Life) and romantic (Look To The Rainbow) and mines the passion and pathos in newer ballads like William Finn's Anytime and the title track.

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