After starring as Dorothy Parker in the New York Music Theatre Festival's production of You Might As Well Live (Sept. 22-Oct. 2 at the 45th Street Theatre), Mason will release her latest solo recording. Entitled "The Sweetest of Nights," the CD features musical direction by Christopher Denny and will be released in the beginning of October on Zevely Records Inc. Paul Rolnick is the producer of the CD, which boasts arrangements by Denny, Brian Lasser, Barry Kleinbort and Dick Gallagher.
The complete track listing for "The Sweetest of Nights" follows:
"A Whole New World" (Alan Menken/Tim Rice)
"You and I" (Leslie Bricusse)
"Watch What Happens"/"I Will Wait For You" (Michel Legrand/Jacques Demy/English lyrics by Norman Gimbel)
"Almost Like Being in Love" (Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe)
"My Foolish Heart" (Ned Washington/Victor Young)
"He’s Got a Way" (Billy Joel)
"Everything"/"Married" (Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick)/(John Kander/Fred Ebb)
"What’s Wrong With This Picture?" (Brian Lasser/Garry Bormet)
"Cold Enough to Cross" (Paul Rolnick/Henry Cory)
"The Winner Takes It All" (Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus)
"Let’s Face the Music and Dance" (Irving Berlin)
"People" (Jule Styne/Bob Merrill)
"The Sweetest of Nights" (Shelly Markham/Judith Viorst)
Mason will celebrate the release of her fifth solo recording with a two-week engagement at the new Manhattan cabaret space, The Encore. The singer-actress will play the intimate venue Oct. 27-Nov. 7. Performances are Thursday-Monday evenings; cover charge is $30. The Encore is located at 226 West 47th Street; call (212) 221-3960 for reservations.
A star of the musical theatre and cabaret stage, Karen Mason has appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and Torch Song Trilogy. Her Off-Broadway credits include And the World Goes 'Round and Carnival, and she has also been seen on the small screen in "Law & Order" and "As the World Turns." A six-time MAC Award-winning performer, Mason has charmed audiences at Carnegie Hall, Rainbow & Stars, Davenport's and L.A.'s The Cinegrill. Her solo recordings include "When the Sun Comes Out," "Better Days," "Not So Simply Broadway" and "Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!"
* For tickets to You Might As Well Live, visit www.nymf.org.