Akers will be on hand to chat about her eighth solo recording, "If We Only Have Love," which recently hit stores on the DRG label. The singer-actress will also offer a few songs from the recording, backed by musical director Don Rebic on piano. "The Early Show" airs on CBS Channel 2 in the metropolitan area; check local listings.
"If We Only Have Love," an 11-track disc, is a collection of tunes from the musical theatre, featuring songs from Baby, The Fantasticks, A Little Night Music, Chess and West Side Story. Akers also offers three tunes from Maury Yeston's Nine, the musical that brought the performer a Tony nomination for her work as Luisa Contini.
About her eighth solo CD, Akers writes in the disc's liner notes, "This is a collection of some of my favorite theatre songs, and it shouldn't surprise you to know I was attracted by their intensity. After all, theatre songs usually begin when characters are overcome by emotion. They've reached a point where words can no longer contain what they feel. They need music to expand their words; they need to pour out their hearts in song. And these particular songs express so much of the wonderful, terrible, frustrating, frightening, joyful experience we call life."
The complete track listing for "If We Only Have Love" follows:
"Patterns" (from Baby)
"A Sleepin' Bee" (from House of Flowers)
"Try to Remember" (from The Fantasticks)
"My Childhood" (from Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris)
"Send in the Clowns" (from A Little Night Music)
"My Husband Makes Movies" (from Nine)
"Be On Your Own" (from Nine)
"In a Very Unusual Way" (from Nine)
"I Know Him So Well"/"Anthem" (from Chess)
"Somewhere"/"I Have a Love" (from West Side Story)
"If We Only Have Love" (from Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris)
In addition to her work in the Tommy Tune production of Nine, Akers also starred on Broadway in another Tune-directed musical, Grand Hotel. Her feature film credits include "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Heartburn" and "Vibes," and she was seen in an episode of the hit TV series "Cheers." It's been the concert/cabaret stage, however, where Akers has garnered the most acclaim, performing in choice venues throughout the United States and Europe.