"Tennessee Williams: Words and Music," New CD from Alison Fraser, Released April 8

By Andrew Gans
08 Apr 2014

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Ghostlight Records releases the newest recording from two-time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser, who is currently starring in the national tour of Wicked, April 8.

Entitled "Tennessee Williams: Words and Music," the CD is now available available in stores and online.

The album is a document of Fraser’s concert The Tennessee Williams Songbook, which premiered at Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival last spring. David Kaplan, the show’s writer and director, has merged the songs heard in Williams’ plays with the words the playwright intended to join them. Together, "Tennessee Williams: Words and Music," according to press notes, "tells a moving and passionate new story of their own."

Read the Playbill.com feature: The Essential Alison Fraser on disc. 



Allison Leyton-Brown, who produced the album with Fraser, created the new arrangements and serves as musical director. She is supported by J. Walter Hawkes on trombone and ukulele, James Singleton on bass, Wayne Maureau on drums, Jason Mingledorff on saxophone, Bobby Campo on trumpet and cornet and John Eubanks on guitar.

"Tennessee Williams: Words and Music" features songs taken from the Tennessee Williams canon: A Streetcar Named Desire (the Harold Arlen classic “It’s Only A Paper Moon”), This Property is Condemned (Gene Autry’s “You’re the Only Star”), Clothes for a Summer Hotel (Nöel Coward’s “The Party’s Over Now”), Something Cloudy, Something Clear (the Oscar-winning Hawaiian staple “Sweet Leilani”) and more.

Fraser recently picked her favorite songs of the 30s and 40s as part of a recent Playbill Playlist.

For more information visit www.sh-k-boom.com/alison-fraser.

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