PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Wicked and Les Miz Actress Donna Vivino Picks Songs for "Dreamers"
By Michael Gioia
Wicked and Les Misérables actress Donna Vivino, who recently released "Beautiful Dreamer," will celebrate the album Jan. 23 at 9:30 PM at 54 Below. In anticipation of her concert, the actress picks "Songs for Dreamers" as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.
"Beautiful Dreamer," Vivino's debut solo album from Ghostlight Records, "weaves 13 diverse songs into a thematically-cohesive collection from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley," according to press notes. "Jerry Vivino — the veteran New York musician and longtime member of the Conan O'Brien house band — leads the disc's all-star jazz quartet and serves as producer."
The album has arrangements by Mitchel Forman and features Jerry Vivino on flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone and clarinet; Mitchel Forman on piano and keyboards; Kevin Axt on upright bass and acoustic bass guitar; and Ray Brinker on drums and percussion.
Vivino's solo concert It's Not Easy Being Green will feature special numbers from the new recording, and she will be joined by musical director Ken Levinsky on piano and Jeff Ganz on bass.
Vivino's Broadway credits also include Saturday Night Fever, Hairspray and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.
54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. For more information and tickets, call (646) 476-3551 or visit 54Below.com.
"When She Loved Me" (Randy Newman). It's Track 4 on my album "Beautiful Dreamer" by Randy Newman, and the song is a dream of the past.
"Castle On A Cloud" (from Les Misérables). It's literally a song about dreaming and it is from my childhood when I performed in Les Misérables.
"Beautiful Dreamer" (Stephen Foster). This 1860s Stephen Foster song was taught to me by my late grandmother.
"The Wizard and I" (from Wicked). …A song about hopes, dreams and aspirations, and I sang it for years.
"Part of Your World" (from "The Little Mermaid"). As a Disney freak, I can't imagine a better song about dreams. Plus, Prince Eric was kind of hot.
"Retrograde" (James Blake). It's an obscure song, but the song and video are haunting and definitely dreamlike, and I love it.
"The NeverEnding Story" (music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Keith Forsey, performed by Limahl). The title song to that movie is brilliant!!
"I Am The Walrus" (The Beatles). So a song about tripping counts as dreams, right?
"One Hand, One Heart" (from West Side Story). It's my favorite musical, and let's face it — young lovers are dreamers.
"Pure Imagination" (from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"). The title says it all!
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