Decca Broadway releases Donny Osmond's Broadway compilation album, "This Is the Moment," Feb. 6. As reported earlier, a PBS special airs March 11 on Channel 13 in New York City starring Osmond, dancer Eileen Martin (Riverdance) and singer, actress, and former Miss America, Vanessa Williams.
Phil Ramone produced the album. Emmy winner Patricia Birch choreographed the PBS special, which was taped on Jan. 18.
For the Decca Broadway album, Osmond recorded songs from Seussical as well as "This is The Moment" from Jekyll and Hyde and "At the Edge of the World" from Riverdance. The cast album of Seussical also gets released Feb.6 from Decca Broadway.
Listeners can expect a pop sound on the new disc. The recording includes two numbers from Seussical ("It's Possible" and "Solla Sollew"), "Immortality" (from Saturday Night Fever), "Luck Be a Lady" (from Guys and Dolls), "Our Kind of Love" (from The Beautful Game) and "No Matter What" (from Whistle Down the Wind), "Seasons of Love" (from Rent), "I Know the Truth" (from Aida), "Not While I'm Around" (with Williams, from Sweeney Todd), "Give My Regards to Broadway" (from Little Johnny Jones) and "You've Got a Friend in Me" (from the movie, "Toy Story," in a duet with O'Donnell).
Osmond, known for singing with his musical brothers and starring in the popular "Donny and Marie" TV variety series, with sister Marie in the 1970s, starred in the smash 1990s North American revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (the cast recording just hit the 500,000 sales mark). Joseph was a dramatic reversal of theatrical fortune for Osmond following his short-lived (one-night) Broadway revival of George M. Cohan's Little Johnny Jones in 1981-82.
—By Murdoch McBride
and Kenneth Jones