This is going to be the first of many blog posts this week… It's been an incredibly busy few weeks, and today is going to be a very special day for 2 reasons:
- Tears of Heaven – The Concept Recording is available as of today;
- I am going to Havana, CUBA with GlobalVision recording artists Rob Evan and Norm Lewis, to participate in an international theater festival!
Let's start with Tears…
We recorded this concept album last year — with Linda Eder, Rob Evan, Christiane Noll, James Barbour, Michael Lanning, Jackie Burns, Morgan James, Natalie Hill, Henry Gainza, Pamela Jordan, Deborah Lew, Michael Shawn Lewis, Jose Llana, Laura Osnes, Jill Paice, Tricia Paoluccio, Andy Senor, Jr., Tad Wilson. Wow. 18 of the finest voices of all time assembled together.
We made this recording before we went to Korea about a year ago to stage the world premiere, and the show (performed by a Korean cast, including mega-star Junsu) was an incredible experience!!! We were nominated for 14 "Korean Musical Awards" – their equivalent of the "Tony", and we even won one!
We are releasing this now because the music is simply too good NOT to release it. The recording is not tied to any physical production, and since we have 18 of our favorite singers, the music transcends any staged version. I will share more about the hows and whys of this recording over the next days… but for me, the big story here is this was the first reunion of Frank, Linda and myself (creatively) in more than 6 years! If it were not for this project, Linda's "Now" album may never have been made… When Linda & I started working on songs such as "The First TIme I Saw Paris", it was like riding a bike. We just got back on and it was as if no time had passed. The energy was felt by everyone in the studio.
Tears of Heaven is available as of Midnight, Eastern time, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Sound of Music (DE), and Dress Circle (UK).
I'm the Musical Director of "The Broadway Ambassadors" — Norm Lewis, Luba Mason, Capathia Jenkins, and Rob Evan (all part of the Wildhorn musical family) — we're going to Havana to particiapte in The Havana Theatre Festival. First time Broadway goes to Cuba in more than 52 years!!!!
We're leaving in a few hours… we'll be picking up an orchestra in Havana. The festival is presented by the Cuban National Council for the Performing Arts and our group is produced and sponsored by Robert Nederlander, Jr./Nedrlander Worldwide Events. We will be sharing the stage with groups from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Greece, Switzerland, South Korea, and Cuba.
Yeah, wow is an understatement.
Not only do we have a team of 4 of my favorite performers, we have the ORIGINAL music from 20 Broadway shows. That deserves its own blog post, since it was a momumental task that Rob Evan made happen. More on that later in the week. And since we only received our permits and visas a few days ago, the press releases are just starting to get sent out — I'll link to them as soon as they are posted.
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Thanks to everyone who came out on Thursday night. WHAT A BLAST THAT WAS!!!!! I don't know if the performers had more fun, or the audience. We REALLY, REALLY appreciate your support for coming out. I will post pictures and video soon… our friend, Mike Kostel took about 175 pictures!
I hope you enjoy Tears of Heaven as much as we had making it. It's quite the story. And I will go deeper into the story in subsequent posts. From Havana. Wish us luck!