The label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song seems a perfect match for the new project, which will feature fresh arrangements of songs drawn from an eclectic songbook. The songwriters include Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse, James Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn, Rufus Wainwright, George Michael and Stevie Wonder.
The group's critically acclaimed concert, Love: A Work in Progress, was most recently performed at Birdland Jazz Club in February 2008, and is now being adapted for this disc. PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker said he expects a late summer release.
St. Louis native Danieley currently stars as Aaron Fox in Kander & Ebb's Tony Award-winning Curtains on Broadway.
According to PS Classics, "Danieley notes that this blend of 'Eclectic Americana' is reminiscent of Sunday Suppers with his extended family, where his appreciation for blues, country, folk, Broadway, and standard repertoire began."
Danieley and pianist/composer/arranger Dan Lipton have created fresh arrangements of familiar American songs. The Frontier Heroes "wrap their guitars, fiddles, and voices around" the numbers. The band comprises Dan Lipton, Christian Hebel, Mark Vanderpoel, Michael Aarons, Damien Bassman and Theresa McCarthy. Danieley's theatre credits include The Full Monty, Floyd Collins, South Pacific at Carnegie Hall, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for Encores!, and Harold Prince's Broadway revival of Candide, for which he earned a Drama Desk nomination in 1997.
Danieley and his wife, Broadway leading lady Marin Mazzie, can be heard on the PS Classics recording of their acclaimed album of duets, "Opposite You," which originally debuted as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series. Danieley can also be heard on the recordings of Dream True, "The Stephen Schwartz Album," "Jule Styne in Hollywood," and two recordings with the prestigious Boston Pops, "A Splash of Pops" and "My Favorite Things."
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Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker & Philip Chaffin, and a four-time Grammy nominee — for its cast recordings of Nine: The Musical, Assassins, Grey Gardens and Company — PS Classics has a catalog of discs that includes cast recordings of A Catered Affair and Adding Machine, as well as Xanadu, 110 in the Shade, and the London revival of Sunday in the Park With George. Its solo albums feature Victoria Clark, Maureen McGovern, Jessica Molaskey, Christine Andreas, Rebecca Luker, and Kerry Butler, among others. Its songbook tributes focus on composers ranging from Billy Strayhorn to Maury Yeston to Georgia Stitt.
PS Classics is distributed exclusively by Image Entertainment. Visit www.psclassics.com for more information.