By Kenneth Jones
18 Oct 2012
Luker, music director Joseph Thalken, bass player Dick Sarpola, and additional musicians will assemble in a New York studio on Nov. 7-8. The disc will be produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker. Krasker anticipates a Jan. 22, 2013 street date.
The recording covers three decades of Kern songs, including "Can't Help Lovin' That Man," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "Why Was I Born?" and "The Song is You," along with more obscure numbers "Saturday Night," "Not You," "I Got Love" and "My Husband's First Wife." In addition, Luker will be adding three Kern songs that she did not perform at 54 Below.
PS Classics is in a Kern mood lately. Luker will also be heard on PS Classics' upcoming two-disc Jerome Kern revue, The Land Where the Good Songs Go, also featuring Heidi Blickenstaff, Kate Baldwin, Philip Chaffin, Graham Rowat and Matthew Scott. That album (originally announced to be called "A Jerome Kern Evening," but now retitled) is due in stores on Nov. 27.
Luker, who has been Tony-nominated for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Music Man and the Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II classic Show Boat, has also been seen on Broadway in Nine, The Sound of Music, Something Wonderful, The Secret Garden and The Phantom of the Opera. In July, Luker told Playbill.com, "When I started putting this concert together, I wasn't as knowledgeable as I thought I was about Kern. I've since learned that his range over a 30-year period — from the early, early days at the Princess Theatre until when he died — is just astounding. The range of his styles and what he wrote! I think I fit in because I'm kind of a versatile singer."
PHOTO ARCHIVE: Rebecca Luker on the Musical Stage