Pop, TV and musical theatre star Donny Osmond has been busy in the recording studio putting together an album of show music from contemporary musical theatre. The disc, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, is expected on the Decca label Feb. 6, 2001, and is said to include fresh, new arrangements of work by Frank Wildhorn, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Frank Loesser, Jonathan Larson, Elton John and Randy Newman.
Listeners can expect a pop sound, a spokesperson told Playbill On-Line. Although the final track list has not been announced, among songs recorded are two numbers from Seussical (the cast album of which will be on the Decca Broadway label), "This Is the Moment" (from Jekyll & Hyde), "Immortality" (from Saturday Night Fever), "Luck Be a Lady" (from Guys and Dolls), "No Matter What" (from Whistle Down the Wind), "Seasons of Love" (from Rent), "At the Edge of the World" (from Riverdance on Broadway), "I Know the Truth" (from Aida) and more.The disc is expected to include duets with Rosie O'Donnell (Grease!) and Vanessa Williams (Kiss of the Spider Woman).
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 Kenneth Jones