The album, produced by Jeffrey Lesser, will go on sale in stores April 10. On April 9, Stitt and friends will celebrate the release with a performance and party at Birdland in New York City.
Web orders for "This Ordinary Thursday: The Songs of Georgia Stitt" are being taken starting March 27 at www.psclassics.com. (Also on March 27, the label starts web sales for the new Broadway cast recording of Grey Gardens.)
In album order, the singers on the disc include Andrea Burns, Matthew Morrison, Jenn Colella, Lauren Kennedy, Cheyenne Jackson, Tituss Burgess, Carolee Carmello, Keith Byron Kirk, Faith Prince, Sara Ramirez, Will Chase, Kelli O'Hara and Susan Egan.
According to PS Classics, some tracks, such as "The Holy Secret," "This Ordinary Thursday" and "I Get to Show You the Ocean," were created during personal milestones for Stitt; others – "She," "This Perfect Summer" and "Air" — were commissioned for the New Voices Collective concert series, of which she is a founding member. Recording sessions for the selections on "This Ordinary Thursday" date from 2000 onward, and, about the songs, Stitt stated, "The possibilities for your debut album are endless, and the pressure is on to get it absolutely right. But at a certain point, you have to acknowledge that what you've got is a pretty apt representation of your work, your sentiments and your spirit, and, bravely, you have to let it go."
Stitt makes her living as a composer, lyricist, musical director, conductor, arranger and pianist. She was recently seen as the vocal coach on TV's "Grease: You're the One That I Want." Her musicals include The Water and Big Red Sun. Non-theatrical commissions include several choral pieces, "A Better Resurrection," "The Promise of Light," "Let Me Sing for You," "Echo" and "De Profundis," as well "These Two" for string quartet and tenor. Broadway credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (revival), Can-Can (Encores!), Avenue Q, Sweet Smell of Success, The Music Man, Titanic, Annie and the national tour of Parade. She has also served as musical director and arranger-orchestrator for The Broadway Divas concerts and was music consultant for the film "The Stepford Wives." She is a recipient of the ASCAP Frederick Loewe Fellowship, the Harold Arlen Award and the Sue Brewer Award.
She is currently developing a musical revue with composer/lyricist David Kirshenbaum. She lives in New York and Los Angeles with husband composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown and daughter Molly. Visit www.georgiastitt.com.
Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker and Philip Chaffin, PS Classics is known for its diverse line of cast recordings (including Grammy Award-nominated albums of Assassins and Nine: The Musical, the recent London revival of Sunday in the Park with George, plus this season's Grey Gardens); solo albums by such artists as Christine Andreas, Jason Danieley & Marin Mazzie, and Rebecca Luker; songbook tributes to composers ranging from Billy Strayhorn to Maury Yeston to Jason Robert Brown; and recordings drawn from rare sound archives, including "Sondheim Sings, Volumes I & II."
PS Classics is distributed by Image Entertainment. Visit www.psclassics.com.