Karen Ziemba Will Celebrate Mary Martin on New Solo Recording

News   Karen Ziemba Will Celebrate Mary Martin on New Solo Recording Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba, who is back on Broadway this season in the new Kander, Ebb, Stone and Holmes musical Curtains, is currently at work on her debut solo recording.

Karen Ziemba
Karen Ziemba

Ziemba told Playbill.com, "For the last couple of years or so, I've been slowly working on my own album with Jay Records out of London. I've done a lot of recordings for them. I did 110 in the Shade, I did Most Happy Fella, and some other compilation albums of Kander & Ebb, Strouse, Andrew Lloyd Webber. We've slowly been putting together some material for my own [CD]."

The celebrated actress said that the recording will pay tribute to the late Broadway star Mary Martin and will feature both Martin's well-known signature tunes as well as several rarities. There is no release date at this time, Ziemba said, "[since] we still have to put together orchestrations for some of the [songs] from her obscure shows."

Karen Ziemba won a Tony Award portraying the Wife in Susan Stroman's Contact. She has also starred on Broadway in Never Gonna Dance, Chicago, Steel Pier, Crazy for You and 42nd Street, and her Off-Broadway work includes a Drama Desk Award-winning performance in And the World Goes 'Round as well as roles in I Do! I Do!, 110 in the Shade and The Most Happy Fella. She also headlined the City Center Encores! presentation of Pajama Game.

Mary Martin's numerous stage credits included Leave It to Me!, One Touch of Venus, South Pacific, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music and I Do! I Do! She received Tony Awards for her performances in The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and South Pacific as well as a special 1948 Tony for "spreading Annie Get Your Gun to the country while the original performed in New York."

Playbill.com's "Diva Talk" column will feature a complete interview with Ziemba March 16.