Donna Vivino Releases BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Album on 12/10
Ghostlight Records will release Beautiful Dreamer, the debut solo album from rising Broadway and vocal star Donna Vivino, in stores and via online outlets December 10, 2013. Beautiful Dreamer weaves 13 diverse songs into a thematically-cohesive collection from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley. Jerry Vivino - the veteran New York musician and longtime member of the Conan O'Brien house band - leads the disc's all-star jazz quartet and serves as producer. Taking a break from performing on Broadway in the smash hit Wicked, Donna will star Off Broadway inStars of David - a new song cycle celebrating Jewish identity, based on the bestselling book, with original music by the theater's top songwriters - fromNovember 13 to December 15. To pre-order Beautiful Dreamer, please visit www.sh-k-boom.com/donnavivino-beautifuldreamer.html.
Beautiful Dreamer offers uniquely sophisticated takes on favorites from the Broadway stage and the Great American songbook. Theater fans in particular will appreciate her bold reinvention of "Castle on A Cloud" from LES MISERABLES - which she introduced at age 8 as Broadway's original Young Cosette - into a slow-burning blues number. Other highlights include her stirring mid-tempo opener "When Day Is Done" and an ingenious cool-jazz arrangement of the iconic standard "Over the Rainbow." Her slowed-down interpretation of "Rainy Days and Mondays" rivals the Carpenters original for its poignancy and sensitivity. The closing title track - sung to her as a child by her beloved late grandmother - transforms the turn-of-the-century classic into a modern lullaby. She also personalizes works by Rodgers and Hart ("My Romance") George and Ira Gershwin ("They Can't Take That Away From Me"), Antônio Carlos Jobim ("How Insensitive") and other important songwriters.
The album has arrangements by Mitchel Forman and features Jerry Vivino on flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone and clarinet; Mitchel Forman on piano and keyboards; Kevin Axt on upright bass and acoustic bass guitar; and Ray Brinker on drums and percussion.
Donna Vivino starred for two years as Elphaba in the First National Tour of Wicked and performed the role on Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include Hairspray, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Saturday Night Fever and LES MISERABLES. Her film and television credits include A Gifted Man, "The Sopranos," "Everyday People," "Married to It" and "All My Children" as Young Erica Kane. She is currently a regular on the hit web series "Submissions Only." You can visit her online at www.DonnaVivino.com and follow her on Twitter @DonnaVivino.
JERRY VIVINO can be seen nightly on TBS's "Conan" with the Basic Cable Band. He was part of the Max Weinberg 7 on NBC-TV's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" since the show's premiere in 1993. Jerry has performed and recorded alongside major music stars such as Ricky Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Marc Anthony, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Bon Jovi, Paul Shaffer, Frankie Valli, JAmes Brown, Phoebe Snow, Donald Fagen, Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis and Keely Smith, to name just a few. Jerry has played on motion picture soundtracks, including Maid in Manhattan, The Tao of Steve and Camp, as well as in the pit of many Broadway musicals such as Annie, A Chorus Line, Cats, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Leader of the Pack, Starlight Express and Grease. He has released several albums as a band leader, most recently Walkin' with the Wazmo. Jerry attended the Manhattan School of Music. More information is atwww.JerryVivino.com.
4. When She Loved Me (Randy Newman)
6. Rainy Days and Mondays (Roger S. Nichols / Paul Williams)
7. How Insensitive (Antônio Carlos Jobim /Norman Gimbel / Vinicius De Moraes)
10. I Wish You Love (Charles Trenet)
11. Once You Lose Your Heart (Noel Gay)
13. Beautiful Dreamer (Stephen Foster)
Sh-K-Boom with its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings - building a library of over 130 records in the last 13 years, featuring the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway's biggest stars. Ghostlight recently won the Grammy Award for The Book of Mormon, and released the OBCR of Newsies, the premiere recording of Carrie, the new Grammy-nominated cast recording of Anything Goes, plus the OCRs Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, as well as solo albums from some of Broadway's biggest stars: Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Alice Ripley, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. Other titles on Ghostlight include the Grammy Award-winning In the Heights, plus Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone. www.sh-k-boom.com.