Johnny Mathis is 'On Broadway' for New CD, On Shelves April 25

News   Johnny Mathis is 'On Broadway' for New CD, On Shelves April 25 The tremulous Johnny Mathis croons contemporary Broadway show tunes on a new disc, "Mathis on Broadway," released by Columbia Records on April 25.
Cover art for the new Johnny Mathis Broadway-themed disc.
Cover art for the new Johnny Mathis Broadway-themed disc.

The tremulous Johnny Mathis croons contemporary Broadway show tunes on a new disc, "Mathis on Broadway," released by Columbia Records on April 25. It's been 30 years since Mathis released a Broadway-themed recording (1960's "Rhythms and Ballads of Broadway"), and the new disc reflects a new generation of writers and songs, including Jonathan Larson's "Seasons of Love" (from Rent), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's "Our Children" (from Ragtime) and Claude Michel-Schonberg and Alain Boublil's "Bring Him Home" (from Les Miserables).

Betty Buckley, Nell Carter and voices from Forever Plaid sing with Mathis in "Children Will Listen/Our Children," "Seasons of Love" and "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," respectively.

Also on the disc are "On Broadway" (featured in Smokey Joe's Cafe), "All I Ask of You" (from The Phantom of the Opera), "Loving You" (from Stephen Sondheim's Passion), "Once Upon a Dream" (from Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's Jekyll & Hyde).

For the rhythmic "They Live in You," from The Lion King, Mathis is joined by co-writer and vocal arranger Lebo M's South African Choir. Nell Carter and Mathis are also backed up by a choir for "Seasons of Love."

The disc features the orchestrations of Bill Ross, Jonathan Tunick and Jorge Calandrelli.

Jay Landers and Richard Jay-Alexander are producers.

-- By Kenneth Jones