Tony Winner Catherine Zeta-Jones Will Narrate New Recording of "The Runaway Bunny"
17 Aug 2012
Tony and Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will narrate a new recording of "The Runaway Bunny," which is based on the best-selling children's classic by Margaret Wise Brown.
This CD, which will be released by GPR Records Nov. 15, will also feature English baritone Mark Stone singing "Goodnight Moon" and a special guest superstar narrating Poulenc’s "Babar, The Elephant."
Zeta-Jones narrates a new piano trio version of the children's tale composed by GPR Records artistic director Glen Roven.
"Runaway Bunny" has been performed all over the world, and narrators have included Brooke Shields, Glenn Close, Sandy Duncan, Donna McKechnie, Kate Mulgrew and Phyllis Newman. This piece premiered at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra, with Glenn Close narrating. "Runaway Bunny" was written in 1942 and has been published continuously since that time.
"It is such a pleasure to participate in 'The Runaway Bunny' for this recording - it's a wonderful timeless story of free thinking and creativity," said Zeta-Jones in a statement. "I know the importance of music and reading and my hope is that this CD will touch and capture the imagination a new generation."
“'Runaway Bunny' and 'Goodnight Moon' are national treasures and many of us remember them from our childhood,” added GPR Records producer and composer Roven. “Having Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mark Stone really solidifies GPR Records’ goal of creating wonderfully new and sophisticated products for children. We're so pleased to be able to honor Margaret Wise Brown with this recording.”
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