AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Donna Bullock Sings "Enter Juliet" from Unproduced Carolyn Leigh Musical Juliet
By Michael Gioia
UnsungMusicalsCo.'s 2014 season will kick off April 5 with Unsung Carolyn Leigh, showcasing songs by the Tony and Grammy-nominated lyricist of Peter Pan and Little Me. The company shares an exclusive track with Playbill.com of Donna Bullock singing "Enter Juliet" from Leigh's unproduced musical Juliet.
Leigh penned a full score with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Morton Gould (Billion Dollar Baby) for a developing stage adaption of Federico Fellini's "Juliet of the Spirits," but the musical never came to fruition. The upcoming concert will feature "Enter Juliet" from Juliet (written circa 1977), among other songs from Leigh's catalogue.
"Enter Juliet" has musical direction and arrangements by Fran Minarik, who is also the musical director of Unsung Carolyn Leigh.
Listen to "Enter Juliet" below:
As previously announced, the 8 PM concert, a special evening produced for Lincoln Center's American Songbook at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, will feature Obie Award winner Bullock (Ragtime, A Class Act), Rachel de Benedet (Catch Me if You Can), Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys, On a Clear Day), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde), Drama Desk nominee Jenny Powers (Donnybrook!, Happiness), Megan Sikora (Curtains) and Max von Essen (Evita).
Unsung Carolyn Leigh is created and directed by Ben West (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad, Make Mine Manhattan).
Here's how the evening is billed: "Celebrating her enduring legacy of smart, sophisticated and often sexy songwriting, Unsung Carolyn Leigh highlights the legendary lyricist's little-known works, including several jazz-infused items from her acclaimed 1969 Gatsby score, a cut song from How Now Dow Jones, and two numbers written with Marvin Hamlisch for the original, unproduced version of Smile. Eight dynamic performers, a sizzling trio of musicians and over twenty melodic gems color the intimate evening, which also features rare audio clips from two of Ms. Leigh's original demo recordings."
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