AUDIO Exclusive: Jose Llana Sings 'Hero and Leander' from His New Album; Release Set for May 13!
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, YELLOW SOUND LABEL will release the debut American solo album from Drama Desk Award-winning theatre star JOSE LLANA on Friday, May 13. Altitude - based on his acclaimed concert at the Lincoln Center American Songbook Series last year - celebrates his 20 years on Broadway with a savvy collection of songs he performed on and off the main stem, in addition to pop favorites. Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, his co-star in the Off-Broadway smash Here Lies Love, is featured as special guest. Altitude is produced by Michael Croiter with Kimberly Grigsby serving as Music Director. Pre-order the album at www.YellowSoundLabel.com.
Altitude follows Llana through show-stopping highlights of his accomplished Broadway career. When this program debuted last year at Lincoln Center, a rave review from Flavorpill praised Llana as "an exceptionally versatile performer, thrilling the audience with contemporary pop songs and Broadway standards alike." The album features several numbers from The King & I, including his personal arrangement of "A Puzzlement." "Child of the Philippines" and "A Perfect Hand" come from Here Lies Love, the smash hit musical at the Public Theater which helped him explore his own Filipino roots. Ben Brantley of The New York Times said "he should have been nominated" for a Tony Award in his the role of Marcos. Other highlights include "Chip's Lament" from William Finn's Spelling Bee - in which Llana was called a "standout" by The Washington Post - and selections are from Adam Guettel's song cycle Saturn Returns. The album is rounded out by numbers from classic musicals Company and On the Town, pop hits from Billy Joel and Ed Sheeran, and a contribution from Pretty Dead Girl, a musical adaptation of the cult short film.
Below, BroadwayWorld is excited to premiere an exclusive track from the album- "Hero and Leander," from Adam Guettel's Saturn Returns: A Concert.