Kerry Butler, Emily Skinner and More Featured on New "Animal Tracks" CD

By Andrew Gans
21 Jan 2004

Kerry Butler
Kerry Butler

A host of theatre favorites — including Little Shop of Horrors' Kerry Butler, Side Show's Emily Skinner and veteran actress Marian Seldes — can be heard on a new CD produced by Jamie deRoy and Lanny Meyers.

"Jamie deRoy & friends: Animal Tracks," which hits stores this month on the Harbinger Records label, pays tribute to the animal kingdom and will benefit The Humane Society of New York. The 16-track disc features an eclectic mix of tunes by composers ranging from Broadway's Richard Rodgers, Frank Loesser, Kander and Ebb and Stephen Sondheim to jazz master Duke Ellington and pop icons John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

In addition to the many songs, there is also a bit of storytelling on the recording. Marian Seldes explains the tale of a fleet-footed feline in the poem "The Cat Who Wasn't There," and George Wurzbach offers the tale of "A Snake Named Larue." The liner notes also include personal animal-related reminiscences from each of the performers.

The complete track listing for "Jamie deRoy & friends: Animal Tracks" follows:
"Talk to the Animals" (Don Stephenson)
"Blackbird" (Judy Barnett and Michael Holland)
"The Puppy Song" (Emily Skinner)
"Little Lamb" (Paige Price)
"When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along" (ZAZ)
"A Snake Named Larue" (George Wurzbach)
"Cottontail" (Kim Cea)
"Lion Tamer" (Kerry Butler)
"The Woodsman and the Axe" (The Accidentals)
"Dolphins' Song" (Steve Ross)
"The Inchworm" (Jamie deRoy with Margaret Dorn, Bill Mitchell and Jim Vincent)
"The Cat Who Wasn't There" (Marian Seldes)
"Don't Be Afraid of an Animal" (Ashley Rose Orr)
"The Elephant Song" (Jay Rogers)
"My Best Friend" (Young Peoples Theater Project)
"Bless the Beasts and the Children" (Jimmy Smagula)



Jamie deRoy, a stand-up comic, singer and hostess, has been a longtime fixture on the New York cabaret scene. She is the winner of seven MAC Awards, nine Telly Awards and is an Emmy-nominated producer of Channel 13's "CityArts." Previous recordings include "Jamie deRoy & friends: The Child in Me, Volume 1," "Jamie deRoy & friends — Volume 2: The Child in Me," "Jamie deRoy & friends: 'Tis the Season, Volume 3" and "Jamie deRoy & friends: Family."