"Tennessee Williams: Words and Music," New CD from Alison Fraser, Due in April on Ghostlight Label

By Andrew Gans
March 3, 2014

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

Entitled "Tennessee Williams: Words and Music," the CD will be available in stores and online beginning April 8.

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."

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.

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