Four of the five concerts produced by The White Barn Theatre as part of its cabaret-in-the-city season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre were recorded, said White Barn producer Vincent Curcio. Max Morath sang and played piano, and Bolcom played piano as his wife, mezzo soprano Morris, sang. Morath and Morris also sang together.
The trio performed Over the Rainbow: Music to the Lyrics of E.Y. Yip Harburg, offering popular and obscure songs by the lyricist who wrote songs for "The Wizard of Oz," Bloomer Girl, Jamaica, Darling of the Day, Finian's Rainbow, Flahooley and more.
While Westport, Connecticut's famous White Barn Theatre (founded by Lortel) is undergoing renovations, an abbreviated cabaret season is being presented in Greenwich Village at the late producer's venue on Christopher Street.
Bolcom is the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and pianist who often performs and records with his mezzo-soprano wife, Morris. Their show-tune albums of songs by Cole Porter, vaudeville-era songwriters, Vincent Youmans, Irving Berlin and others are cherished by fans of American music for the clean, no-nonsense approach to the material.
Composers represented in the Harburg show include Harold Arlen, Sammy Fain, June Styne, Burton Lane, Vernon Duke and others. For more about Bolcom and Morris, visit www.bolcomandmorris.com. For information about Original Cast Records, visit www.originalcastrecords.com.