Entitled "Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust," the new recording boasts songs from the Disney canon and features musical direction by Michael Kosarin with orchestrations by Tony winner Michael Starobin and Spamalot's Larry Hochman.
To celebrate her new disc, Butler will offer a special performance and CD signing May 15 at the Barnes & Noble at 66th Street and Broadway in Manhattan.
The complete track listing for "Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust" follows:
"When You Wish Upon a Star" by Leigh Harline & Ned Washington (from "Pinocchio," 1940) "I'll Try" by Jonatha Brooke (from "Return to Never Land," 2002)
"Call Me a Princess" by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman (cut from "Aladdin," 1992)
"Colors of the Wind" by Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz(from "Pocahontas," 1995)
"It's a Small World"/"God Help the Outcasts" by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman/Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz (from Disneyland's "It's a Small World"/from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," 1996)
"Baby Mine" by Frank Churchill & Ned Washington (from "Dumbo," 1941)
"Minnie's Yoo Hoo" by Carl Stalling & Walt Disney (from "Mickey's Follies," 1929)
"Second Star to the Right" by Sammy Fain & Sammy Cahn (from "Peter Pan," 1953)
"The Bare Necessities" by Terry Gilkyson (from "The Jungle Book," 1967)
"When She Loved Me" by Randy Newman (from "Toy Story 2," 1999)
"Disneyland" by Marvin Hamlisch & Howard Ashman (from "Smile," 1986)
In a previous statement Butler said, "I've wanted to do an album for a long time, and with the success of Xanadu, the timing seemed right. Recording the Xanadu recording for PS Classics was such a joyous experience, we decided to continue our relationship on my solo album. I knew I wanted to keep the album personal and intimate, and in thinking of songs that made me smile, or had a theme of hope or optimism that I felt was so important, I kept coming back to songs that were Disney-related. I love so many of the Disney themes – when I'm sad or stressed, I know I need a dose of Disney! The challenge for me was to see if I could rediscover the Disney catalog in a very personal way, because for me, Disney World isn't about the rides, it's about the message."
Prior to Xanadu, Kerry Butler was most recently on Broadway as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. She portrayed Penny Pingleton in the original Broadway cast of Hairspray, and her other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Eponine in Les Misérables and Ms. Jones in Blood Brothers. Off-Broadway she was seen in Bat Boy The Musical, The "I" Word, Prodigal and The Folsom Head. She was also part of the cast of the musical The Opposite of Sex, which premiered in San Francisco.
For more information about PS Classics, visit www.psclassics.com.