In Broadway's Getting and Spending, actress Linda Purl plays a hard-edged investment banker, but on her new CD, "Alone Together," she offers a surprising contrast: a smokey, warm voice delivering jazz and theatre standards such as "You're My Thrill," "The Nearness of You" and "Teach Me Tonight."
"Alone Together," on the Varese Sarabande label, was released within days of the Oct. 25 opening of Getting and Spending at the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York. The classic Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz tune (the CD's title) is among 15 cuts on the disc.
Also on the CD:
"Our Day Will Come"
"This Girl's In Love"
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
"I Can Let Go Now"
"Nice and Easy"
"I'm Afraid the Masquerade is Over"
"I'll Be Around"
"Are You Lonesome Tonight"
"My One and Only Love"
Purl might be best known as a TV actress for roles on "Happy Days" and "Matlock," although she's performed in plays around the country, from Actors Theatre of Louisville to the Pasadena Playhouse. Musical credits around the country have included Threepenny Opera, Grease, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Oliver!, The King and I.
Producers of Getting and Spending aren't calling the work a comedy ("humorous play" is the official dubbing), although the premise involves the potentially outrageous idea of a shrewd trial lawyer (David Rasche) turning his back on the world and taking vows in a monastery. Purl, playing an investment baker accused of insider trading, seeks his help.
For Getting and Spending ticket information, call (212) 239-6200.