Alison Fraser, whose clear, nakedly emotional voice made her shine in Romance/Romance, The Secret Garden and March of the Falsettos, will have a new solo album in stores March 31.
"Men in My Life," on the Original Cast label, features two previously unrecorded songs by composer William Finn (with Finn singing with Fraser on one): "The Passion of Rhoda" and "The Pill Song."
The eclectic disc, produced by composer Christopher McGovern (who co wrote Lizzie Borden, a musical that starred Fraser in a regional staging), is billed as an "intimate followup" to her previous "New York Romance" disc.
The album includes "Storyteller" (Christopher McGovern), "The Beautiful Land" (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley), "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars/The Look Of Love" (Antonio Carlos Jobim & Gene Lees/Burt Bacharach & Hal David), "Everyday I Write the Book" (Elvis Costello), "City Of Dreams/The End Comes Softly" (David & Joseph Zellnik), "Parallel Lines" (Todd Rundgren), "Wrong For Me" (Rusty Magee), "Young at Heart" (Carolyn Leigh & Johnny Richards), The Vice Medley: "Smoke" (Charles Leipart & Eric Schorr)/"Put It On My Tab" (Marion Adler & Craig Bohmler)/ "Show Me the Way to Go Home" (Irving King)/"The Pill Song" (William Finn), "The Passion of Rhoda" (William Finn, who also sings), "Romantic Notions" (Barry Harman & Keith Herrmann), "Men in My Life" (Alison Fraser & Christopher McGovern).
The album features Sean Harkness on guitar, Joe Brady on drums/percussion, Robin Burdulis on percussion, Jennifer Gravenstine on cello, Erik Jekabsen on trumpet, Peter Kikidakis on reeds, Rusty Magee on accordian/piano, Joi Danielle Price on viola, McGovern on piano/keyboards. Fraser was nominated for Tony Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Musical) in 1991 for The Secret Garden and Best Actress (Musical) in 1988 for Romance/Romance.
-- By Kenneth Jones