Lauren Kennedy Records Lipton, Salzman, Cunningham, Heisler, Goldrich for New CD

News   Lauren Kennedy Records Lipton, Salzman, Cunningham, Heisler, Goldrich for New CD
Broadway's Lauren Kennedy, whose debut album, "Songs of Jason Robert Brown," was a hot seller for PS Classics, will be back in the studio on Aug. 17, completing recording on her next album, set for a Nov. 6 release.
Lauren Kennedy
Lauren Kennedy

Kennedy's new PS Classics disc will focus on Broadway's eclectic contemporary catalog, "capturing a soundtrack for our time written by the new voices shaping Broadway and popular song," according to PS Classics, the label devoted to Broadway music and popular songs.

The disc is being billed as a "thrilling pop-infused collection with arrangements tailored to Kennedy's dynamic and soulful delivery."

Newly added since the last session are compositions by Joshua Salzman & Ryan Cunningham (whose Off-Broadway show I Love You Because was preserved last fall on PS Classics), Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich (Junie B. Jones, Dear Edwina), and songwriter, arranger and music director Dan Lipton.

Kennedy continues her collaboration with Jason Robert Brown, who arranged several numbers for the album, and also contributes two songs of his own.

Songwriters previously announced for the recording include Georgia Stitt (who has her own PS Classics recording, "This Ordinary Thursday"), David Kirshenbaum (Summer of '42, the upcoming Party Come Here and Vanities – The Musical), Jeff Blumenkrantz (Seven Deadly Sins, Urban Cowboy – The Musical), Matthew Sklar & Chad Begeulin (The Wedding Singer and the upcoming Get Shorty), as well as David Yazbek, Andrew Lippa and Adam Guettel. The album is produced by Jeffrey Lesser, who collaborated with Kennedy on her first album, and whose many credits include the cast albums for Parade and The Last Five Years, as well as recordings for Barbra Streisand and the Grammy-winning soundtrack for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Fred Lassen serves as music director.

Lauren Kennedy will be starring this fall in the Broadway production of Lone Star Love, which is set to begin previews at the Belasco Theatre Nov. 1. She most recently appeared as The Lady of the Lake in the Tony Award-winning Monty Python's Spamalot. Kennedy also appeared as Nellie Forbush in Trevor Nunn's Royal National Theatre production of South Pacific, as well as the Broadway productions of Side Show and Sunset Boulevard. She originated the role of Kathleen in Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years at Northlight Theatre in Illinois.

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