Solo Discs by Baldwin, Callaway and Luker On Sale Oct. 20; NYC In-Store Appearances Planned

By Kenneth Jones
20 Oct 2009

PS Classics, devoted to theatre music and American popular song, releases the new solo discs of three Broadway leading ladies — Kate Baldwin, Liz Callaway and Rebecca Luker — in stores Oct. 20, following an earlier release on the label's website Oct. 6.



Baldwin plays Sharon in the new Broadway production of Finian's Rainbow, Luker is Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins and Callaway is cherished by fans for her turns in Broadway's Baby and Miss Saigon and Off-Broadway's The Spitfire Grill. Callaway is currently playing a weeklong gig at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan.

Luker, Callaway and Baldwin will be performing and signing CDs at the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center on Oct. 20, 21 and 22, respectively, at 5:30 PM each day.

PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker produced all three discs. Coinciding with these releases on Oct. 20 is the PS Classics web release of the Off-Broadway cast album of Gutenberg! The Musical! (sales and shipping begin) and the in-store release of the studio cast recording of the 1926 Broadway score, Kitty's Kisses, a world premiere recording.

For more information about the label devoted to the American Songbook and the heritage of Broadway music, visit www.psclassics.com.

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Kate Baldwin's solo recording debut, "Let's See What Happens," is devoted to songs penned by Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg (together and with other collaborators). Rob Berman (of Encores! and the current Finian's Rainbow) serves as music director; the orchestrations are by Jason Robert Brown, Sam Davis, Joel Fram, Steve Marzullo, Joshua Rosenblum, Georgia Stitt, Joseph Thalken and Jonathan Tunick. The album also features a special appearance by Jonathan Tunick and His Broadway Moonlighters.

Baldwin told Playbill.com in June, "I had the extraordinary good fortune to star in Finian's Rainbow this spring [in the Encores! concert series] and fell in love with Burton Lane and Yip Harburg all over again. I have such a strong, personal connection to their work — I've loved Burton Lane's beautiful melodies for years and am still discovering Yip Harburg lyrics that delight me. I felt like they'd be the perfect companions as I embark on my first solo album."

The track listing follows:

"That Something Extra Special"
Jule Styne & E.Y. Harburg (from Darling of the Day, 1968)

"How About You?"
Burton Lane & Ralph Freed (from "Babes on Broadway," 1941)

"Moments Like This"
Burton Lane & Frank Loesser (from "College Swing," 1938)

"Come Back to Me"
Burton Lane & Alan Jay Lerner (from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, 1965)

"Here's to Your Illusions"
Sammy Fain & E.Y. Harburg (from Flahooley, 1951)

"Have Feet, Will Dance"
Burton Lane & Dorothy Fields (from the TV musical "Junior Miss," 1957)

"How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"
Burton Lane & E.Y. Harburg (from Finian's Rainbow, 1947)

"Poor You"
Burton Lane & E.Y. Harburg (from "Ship Ahoy," 1942)

"Paris Is a Lonely Town"
Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg (from "Gay Purr-ee," 1962)

"I Like the Likes of You"
Vernon Duke & E.Y. Harburg (from Ziegfeld Follies of 1934)

"Let's See What Happens"/"Open Your Eyes"
Jule Styne & E.Y. Harburg (from Darling of the Day, 1968)/Burton Lane & Alan Jay Lerner (from "Royal Wedding," 1951)

"Where Have I Seen Your Face Before?"
Burton Lane & E.Y. Harburg

"He Wasn't You"
Burton Lane & Alan Jay Lerner (from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, 1965)

"I Don't Think I'll End It All Today" Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg (from Jamaica, 1957)

"The World Is in My Arms"
Burton Lane & E.Y. Harburg (from Hold On to Your Hats, 1940)

The CD booklet includes liner notes by Harold Prince.

Baldwin has appeared on Broadway in The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town, as well as in Sondheim's Opening Doors at Zankel Hall. Regional roles include Betty Haynes in Irving Berlin's White Christmas in Toronto, San Francisco, and Detroit; Katharine in Henry V at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Mary in The Women at San Diego's Old Globe; Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (Helen Hayes Award nomination) at Arena Stage; and Amalia in She Loves Me (IRNE nomination) at Huntington Theatre Company and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her concert work includes two appearances with Stephen Sondheim, as well as performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center. She is currently featured on the new PS Classics release, "Alphabet City Cycle," by Georgia Stitt and Marcy Heisler.

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Callaway's album is called "Passage of Time," and features a guest appearance by Callaway's sister, Ann Hampton Callaway. The track listing follows:

"Nothing to Lose (But Your Heart)"
"Make Someone Happy"/"Something Wonderful"
"Better"
"Eleanor Rigby"
"I'm Not That Girl"/"Just Another Face"
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"/"Singin' in the Rain"
"Children Will Listen"
"That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" (duet with Ann Hampton Callaway)
"Patterns"
"Secret O' Life"
"The Perfect Year"/"Memory"
"A Child Is Born"
"Being Alive"

Liz Callaway, most recently on Broadway in The Look of Love, made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and she also took part in the anniversary concert of that musical. For her work in the musical Baby, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and her other Broadway credits include The Three Musketeers, Miss Saigon and Cats. Callaway's solo recordings also include "The Beat Goes On," "Anywhere I Wander—Liz Callaway Sings Frank Loesser" and "The Story Goes On."

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Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker's new solo album, "Greenwich Time," is music-directed by Joseph Thalken, who orchestrated the majority of the track. 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:

"On My Way to You" - Michael Legrand, Alan & Marilyn Bergman
"Ohio, 1904" - Paul Loesel & Scott Burkell
"Billions of Beautiful Boys" - Joseph Thalken & Marshall Barer
"Killing Time" - Jule Styne & Carolyn Leigh
"Greenwich Time" - Sam Davis & Randy Buck
"Remember" - Steve Marzullo, Poem by Christina Rosetti
"Unusual Way" - Maury Yeston
"Lovely Lies" - Jeff Blumenkrantz & Beth Blatt
"He Never Did That Before" - Debra Barsha & Mark Campbell
"Out of Love" - Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler
"What the Living Do" - Ricky Ian Gordon, Poem by Marie Howe
"Birthday Horoscope for B.R." - Tom Herman
"Have Had" - Stephen Hoffman & Mark Campbell
"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."

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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.