Catherine Zeta-Jones Narrates THE RUNAWAY BUNNY, Michael Douglas Narrates THE STORY OF BABAR on CD, 11/15
GPR Records (Glen Roven, Peter Fitzgerald, Richard Cohen, artistic directors) will release a children's CD of Catherine Zeta-Jones narrating The Runaway Bunny, based on the best selling children's classic by Margaret Wise Brown. Michael Douglas narrates everyone's favorite elephant - The Story of Babar - The Little Elephant, a 1931 classic written by Jean de Brunhoff. Also on the CD will be English Baritone Mark Stone singing Goodnight Moon also by Margaret Wise Brown. The CD, distributed by Naxos, will be released on November 15th and will be available at www.GPRRecords.com, Amazon, and iTunes.
Catherine Zeta-Jones narrates The Runaway Bunny in a new piano trio version composed by GPR Records artistic director and 4-time Emmy Award Winner 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 Catherine Zeta-Jones. "I know the importance of music and reading and my hope is that this CD will touch and capture the imagination a new generation."
Narrating the tale of one of the most famous elephants in the world Michael Douglas, a two-time Academy Award winning actor and producer, tells the story of an orphan elephant who is befriended by a kind old lady, introduced to the pleasures of civilized life, then returns to the jungle and marries his childhood sweetheart and is elevated to King of the Elephants. The story of Babar, which celebrated its 81st Anniversary this year, includes music by Francis Poulenc and Jason Wirth on piano.
Also on the CD will be GOODNIGHT MOON, a lullaby for baritone and piano, which is sung by international Opera superstar and English Baritone Mark Stone in the new concerto. GOODNIGHT MOON is based on Wise's book, in print for over 60 years.
"Runaway Bunny, The Story of Babar - The Little Elephant and Goodnight Moon are National Treasures and many of us remember them from our childhood," said GPR Records Producer and composer Glen Roven. "Having Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas 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, as well as helping The Windward School.
The Windward School, located in White Plains, New York, is an independent co-ed day school focused exclusively on helping students in grades 1-9 with language-based learning disabilities. Windward students are children of average or above average intelligence who have not been able to achieve language competency in traditional classroom settings. For more information: www.thewindwardschool.org.
Catherine Zeta-Jones - is a multi-award winning actress whose talents range from film to theater. She garnered an Academy Award for her portrayal of the notorious Velma Kelly, in the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Chicago." The film, which won the Oscar and Golden Globe for "Best Picture," also starred Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere. Zeta-Jones was nominated for a Golden Globe and took home the Critics' Choice Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and the BAFTA Award for "Best Supporting Actress" for her performance.
She won the Tony Award for Lead Actress in a Musical for critically acclaimed debut on Broadway as Desirée Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. The musical was a box office success co-starring the legendary Angela Lansbury. Zeta-Jones was most recently seen in the musical "Rock of Ages," directed by Adam Shankman and co-starring with Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin. Upcoming she will be seen in Playing the Field," with Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel and Dennis Quaid; "Broken City" with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe and "Lay the Favorite," with Bruce Willis and Vince Vaughn, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance film festival. Zeta-Jones also just wrapped production in Steve Soderbergh's latest film "Bitter Pill" with Jude Law, Rooney Mara, and Channing Tatum.
In 2005, she reprised her role as Elena de La Vega in "The Legend of Zorro," the sequel to the blockbuster film "The Mask of Zorro." She starred in Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's 12," and prior to that appeared opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal." Zeta-Jones also starred with George Clooney in the Coen Brothers' comedy "Intolerable Cruelty." Her recent films include the Warner Bros' hit romantic comedy "No Reservations," also starring Aaron Eckhart; and the romantic thriller "Death Defying Acts," with Guy Pearce. Zeta-Jones earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of the wife of a drug-runner in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic." The cast of the critically praised film received a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture."
She first captured international recognition in the action adventure film, "The Mask of Zorro,"opposite Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. Zeta-Jones continued to captivate audiences in 1999, in Jon Amiel's romantic-thriller "Entrapment," opposite screen legend Sean Connery. She also starred with Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal and John Cusack in the ensemble comedy "America's Sweethearts."