Stars of David Recording Will Feature Alex Brightman, Janet Metz, Brad Oscar, Donna Vivino and More

News   Stars of David Recording Will Feature Alex Brightman, Janet Metz, Brad Oscar, Donna Vivino and More
 
Yellow Sound Label will release the world-premiere recording of Stars of David Dec. 16 on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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Stars of David, which played a limited five-week concert engagement last season at the DR2 Theatre, is based on the acclaimed book "Stars of David" by Abigail Pogrebin. Aaron Harnick and Pogrebin conceived the musical, which was directed by Gordon Greenberg.

The album is produced by Michael Croiter and executive-produced by Daryl Roth.

The recording, featuring the talents of Alex Brightman, Joanna Glushak, Janet Metz, Brad Oscar, Alan Schmuckler, Aaron Serotsky and Donna Vivino, boasts original musical material by Marilyn and Alan Bergman; Susan Birkenhead; Michael Friedman; Amanda Green; Marvin Hamlisch; Sheldon Harnick; Tom Kitt; Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire; Duncak Sheik and Steven Sater; Nathan Tysen and Chris Miller; and Jeanine Tesori.

The musical celebrates the identity of some of the most well-known Jewish personalities, including Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Andy Cohen, Gloria Steinem, Kenneth Cole, Fran Drescher, Edgar Bronfman Sr., Aaron Sorkin, Leonard Nimoy, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Joan Rivers, Tony Kushner and Norman Lear, among others.

The complete track listing follows: 1. “Stars of David”

Performed by Alex Brightman & Donna Vivino with Janet Metz and Aaron Serotsky

Music by Gaby Alter

Lyrics by Gaby Alter, Gordon Greenberg & Abigail Pogrebin 

2. “Yitsy Magence (Andy Cohen)”

Performed by Alan Schmuckler with Janet Metz, Aaron Serotsky and Donna Vivino

Music by Gaby Alter

Lyrics by Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses 

3. “As If I Weren’t There (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)”

Performed by Donna Vivino

Music by Tom Kitt

Lyrics by Abigail Pogrebin

4. “Lenny the Great (Leonard Nimoy)”

Performed by Alex Brightman

Music by Dan Messé

Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

5. “High Holy Days (Joan Rivers)”

Performed by Janet Metz with Alan Schmuckler, Aaron Serotsky and Donna Vivino

Music & Lyrics by Amanda Green 

6. “Music To My Ears (Michael Feinstein)”

Performed by Aaron Serotsky

Music by Michael Feinstein

Lyrics by Lisa Lambert

7. “Smart People (Aaron Sorkin)”

Performed by Alan Schmuckler with Janet Metz, Aaron Serotsky and Donna Vivino

Music by David Shire

Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. 

8. “Balance (Ruth Reichl)”

Performed by Janet Metz

Music by Alan Schmuckler

Lyrics by Abigail Pogrebin

9. “Book of Norman (Norman Lear)”

Performed by Brad Oscar with Janet Metz, Alan Schmuckler and Donna Vivino

Music & Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

10. “Who Knew Jew (Gwyneth Paltrow)”

Performed by Donna Vivino with Janet Metz, Alan Schmuckler, and Aaron Serotsky

Music by Gaby Alter

Lyrics by Jill Kargman

11. “The Darkening Blue (Kenneth Cole)”

Performed by Alex Brightman with Janet Metz, Alan Schmuckler, and Donna Vivino

Music by Duncan Sheik

Lyrics by Steven Sater 

12. “Broken Pieces (Marilyn and Alan Bergman)”

Performed by Alan Schmuckler and Donna Vivino with Janet Metz and Aaron Serotsky

Music by Marvin Hamlisch

Lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman

13. “Just Be Who You Are (Fran Drescher)”

Performed by Donna Vivino

Music & Lyrics by Amanda Green

14. “Horrible Seders (Tony Kushner)”

Performed by Alex Brightman

Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman 

15. “The Women Who Had No Names (Gloria Steinem)”

Performed by Joanna Glushak and Donna Vivino

Music by Jeanine Tresori

Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

16. “ L’Dor V’Dor/Finale (Edgar Bronfman, Sr.)”

Performed by Aaron Serotsky with Janet Metz, Alan Schmuckler and Donna Vivano

Music by Chris Miller

Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

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