AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Tony Nominee Laura Osnes Sings "My Grandmother's Love Letters" From Upcoming Album
By Michael Gioia
Laura Osnes, who was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for her performance in Broadway's Cinderella, will release her new PS Classics solo album "If I Tell You (Songs of Maury Yeston)" June 4. In anticipation of the album, PS Classics shared an exclusive track with Playbill.com.
"My Grandmother's Love Letters," a song from Yeston's 1991 song-cycle December Songs, was performed by Osnes during her turn at Manhattan nightspot 54 Below.
Listen to "My Grandmother's Love Letters" below:
"I always loved singing this song when we did the show at 54 Below, and it quickly became a favorite among audience members," Osnes said. "The lyric is so touching and pairs beautifully with the breezy melody. Fred's guitar-based arrangement gives this song a real folk-flavor, which I just love to sing! It's ended up being one of my favorite tracks on the album as well!"
The album also includes material from his musicals, including "Only With You" (Nine), "I Want to Go to Hollywood" (Grand Hotel), "Shimmy Like They Do in Paree" (Death Takes a Holiday), "New Words" (In the Beginning) and "Bon Soir" (Goya).
Playbill.com has learned that two world-premiere Yeston songs will be featured on the album – one, which the composer has penned for Osnes, as well as a song from a new musical he is currently writing.
A full track listing follows:
1. If I Tell You
December Songs (tracks 5-14)
15. Only With You
Osnes was joined in the studio last month by musical director/pianist Fred Lassen, as well as the full band from her 54 Below engagement, including Eric Davis on guitar, Peter Donovan on bass, Harry Hassell on winds and Peter Sachon on cello.
"If I Tell You (Songs of Maury Yeston)" is produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker, whose association with Yeston began on the original production of Nine in 1982.
Additional sound clips and more information can be found at PSClassics.com.
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