By Michael Gioia
14 Jan 2014
In addition to writing music and lyrics, Van Dyke is featured on piano on the single. The track also features Michael Aarons (guitar), Steve Gilewski (bass), Sammy Merendino (drums), Philip Payton (violin/viola), and Allison Seidner (cello). It was recorded at Harlem Parlour Recording, NYC by Derik Lee, who also mixed and mastered the recording.
The song will be featured in Ashford's one-woman show, Lost In The Stars, which will be offered Feb. 3 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM at 54 Below.
"From the haunting melodies of Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim to the heyday of disco melodies, Ashford's Lost in the Stars," according to press notes, "will pay tribute to the rich history of Studio 54. With story and song, this classic evening of cabaret will have a touch of fun with a whole lot of heart."
Van Dyke's albums include "Chasing the Day: The Music of Will Van Dyke" and "Writing Kevin Taylor." He also served as musical director for the Off-Broadway revival of Rent and in the orchestra for The Addams Family. For more on the composer and his work, read Playbill.com's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.
The cover ranges $25-$45. There is a $25 minimum. 54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. For more information and tickets, call (866) 468-7619 or visit 54Below.com.