The series will kick off with Patti LuPone and Andrea McArdle's recordings, which will be released Dec. 11, and Norbert Leo Butz’s recording, which is due Jan. 15, 2013.
Tony winner LuPone’s album will be produced by six-time Grammy nominee, Robert Sher, who previously worked with the acclaimed singing actress on the Gypsy 2008 Broadway Cast Recording. The McArdle and Butz albums will be produced by Aaron Ankrum, who worked with Broadway Records on Laura Osnes’ "Dream A Little Dream" album. All three albums will be executive-produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard, of The Broadway Consortium, and Ken Mahoney.
The recording titles follow:
"Patti LuPone Far Away Places - Live at 54 BELOW" (recorded summer 2012)
"Andrea McArdle 70s and Sunny - Live at 54 BELOW" (recorded July 2012)
"Norbert Leo Butz Live at 54 BELOW" (recorded August 2012)
“We are thrilled to be partnering with 54 BELOW on this exciting new live album series,” stated Van Dean, co-founder of Broadway Records. “We believe 54 BELOW has been, and will continue to be, host to a multitude of legendary concerts featuring Broadway’s brightest stars and this is an opportunity to capture these performances permanently for the fans.”
54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award-winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Steven Baruch. Frankel said in a statement, “My partners and I are happy to add the live recording component to our 54 BELOW activities. It is exciting that some of the great performances will be available to audiences world wide.” The three albums are available for pre-order at Amazon.com. This series will continue with releases from other current and forthcoming 54 BELOW artists representing the top names on Broadway.
54 BELOW is located at 254 W. 54th Street. Tickets and additional information are available at www.54Below.com.