Mary Poppins Star Rebecca Luker Is Recording New Solo Album

News   Mary Poppins Star Rebecca Luker Is Recording New Solo Album
 
Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker, currently playing Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, will be in a Manhattan recording studio June 11-12 to create her latest solo disc for the PS Classics label. Expect classic and contemporary theatre songs on the album.

Rebecca Luker
Rebecca Luker

Joseph Thalken, Luker's frequent music director, will conduct the disc, which will be her first solo recording in over five years — since "Leaving Home," a PS Classics release from 2004.

Tommy Krasker, co-founder of PS Classics, is producing the recording for an early fall release date.

Exact repertoire was not announced, but Krasker said "the composers range from Jule Styne and John Kander to Ricky Ian Gordon and Jeff Blumenkrantz."

Krasker added, "The impulse for the album stemmed from a half-dozen songs Rebecca's performed — to great acclaim — in concerts, clubs and on stage in the last several years. She has such passion for that material, the album pretty much evolved from there. It's a rich collection."

On Broadway, Luker has played major roles in the American musical theatre canon, including Magnolia, Maria and Marian. She starred as Marian Paroo in The Music Man (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award nomination and 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. Prior to Poppins, she appeared as Claudia Nardi, opposite Antonio Banderas in the Tony Award-winning revival of Nine: The Musical. Her 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 Broadway cast recording of The Story of My Life, and solo albums by Steven Pasquale, Malcolm Gets and Stephanie J. Block. Upcoming discs include the original cast recording of Road Show (due in stores June 30) and solo albums by Kate Baldwin and Liz Callaway. For more information, visit www.psclassics.com.

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