Luker's first solo album in five years will be released in stores on Oct. 20. The album's music director, Joseph Thalken, orchestrated the majority of the tracks; the album is produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker.
Broadway star Luker (The Secret Garden, Show Boat, The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Nine: The Musical and, currently, Mary Poppins) "gives voice to the work of bold new songwriters while honoring a generation of musical theatre giants — including Jule Styne, John Kander and Maury Yeston — with some of their most deeply personal dramatic ballads," according to PS Classics.
Luker told Playbill.com, "This is a recording I'd been waiting nearly a decade to make. Over the years, I've slowly collected these songs and kept them close to my heart, hoping the time would come eventually to record them, without compromise. These songs are not only classics by some of Broadway's best, but many are also little-known treasures by a new generation of brilliant songwriters. From my incomparable producer Tommy Krasker to our excellent engineer Bart Migal to the best musicians in New York City, I can honestly say that we all felt we were recording something special and unique. 'Greenwich Time' was the kind of rare experience that doesn't come along very often."
The track listing is:
1. "On My Way to You" - Michael Legrand, Alan & Marilyn Bergman
2. "Ohio, 1904" - Paul Loesel & Scott Burkell
3. "Billions of Beautiful Boys" - Joseph Thalken & Marshall Barer
4. "Killing Time" - Jule Styne & Carolyn Leigh
5. "Lovely Lies" - Jeff Blumenkrantz & Beth Blatt
6. "Greenwich Time" - Sam Davis & Randy Buck
7. "Remember" - Steve Marzullo, Poem by Christina Rosetti
8. "Unusual Way" - Maury Yeston
9. "He Never Did That Before" - Debra Barsha & Mark Campbell
10. "Out of Love" - Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler
11. "What the Living Do" - Ricky Ian Gordon, Poem by Marie Howe
12. "Birthday Horoscope for B.R." - Tom Herman
13. "Have Had" - Stephen Hoffman & Mark Campbell
14. "Summer with You" - John Kander
Rebecca Luker has appeared regularly on Broadway for over two decades. She was Tony-nominated as Best Featured Actress in Mary Poppins, for playing Mrs. Banks. She starred as Marian Paroo in The Music Man (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award nomination & Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Maria in The Sound of Music (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Magnolia in Show Boat (Tony Award nomination), Lily in The Secret Garden (Drama Desk Award Nomination) and Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. She also appeared as Claudia Nardi, opposite Antonio Banderas, in the Tony Award-winning revival of Nine: The Musical. Her numerous recordings include two solo albums, "Anything Goes: Rebecca Luker Sings Cole Porter" and "Leaving Home." She has also appeared on the PS Classics discs "Jule Styne in Hollywood" and, most recently, the world premiere recording of "Dear Edwina." *
Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker & Philip Chaffin, and a four-time Grammy nominee (for its cast albums of Assassins, Nine: The Musical, Grey Gardens and Company), PS Classics "celebrates the heritage of Broadway and American popular song" through its critically acclaimed cast recordings; solo albums by such luminaries as Maureen McGovern, Victoria Clark, Jessica Molaskey and Christine Andreas; and recordings drawn from rare sound archives, including "Sondheim Sings." Recent releases include the original cast recordings of Road Show and The Story of My Life, and solo albums by Steven Pasquale, Malcolm Gets and Stephanie J. Block. Upcoming discs include solo discs from Kate Baldwin and Liz Callaway and the studio cast recording of the 1926 musical Kitty's Kisses. For more information, visit www.psclassics.com.