Entitled "The Story Goes On," Billings' recording will feature a host of tunes by musical theatre writers, including Jule Styne's "The Music That Makes Me Dance" and "Rose's Turn," Bill Russell's "Angels, Punks and Raging Queens," Kander and Ebb's "The Grass Is Always Greener," Frank Wildhorn's "Home Again" and "I Want More," Harold Arlen's "Come Rain or Come Shine" and Jason Robert Brown's "Letting You Go." The CD will be recorded Aug. 28 and 29 at 8 PM at Chicago's Theater Building, 1225 West Belmont Avenue. Stephen Rader will direct the recording, which features musical direction by Russ Long. The CD will be recorded by Danny Lerman for LMG Music with a release date set for Dec. 1, 2003. Alexandra Billings is a transgendered actress who has appeared in several Chicago productions, including a turn as Momma Rose in Gypsy. Her autobiographical one-woman show is titled Before I Disappear.
Tickets for the live recording sessions are priced at $20. Those interested in attending should call (773) 374-5252. (Proceeds from the first 50 tickets sold for the Aug. 29 evening will go directly to Chicago's Healthworks Theater.)