Photo Coverage: Alysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz Celebrate Album Release at Birdland
Alysha Umphress, currently starring in the new Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN, and Tony Award-nominated composer and performer Jeff Blumenkrantz just celebrated their new album, I've Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz with a concert at Birdland (315 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036). Check out photos from te special night below!
I've Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz will be released on Yellow Sound Label today, January 6, 2015, and features the vocals of Umphress and original jazz songs and arrangements by Blumenkrantz. Produced by Jeff Blumenkrantz and Michael Croiter, the album will be available via Amazon and iTunes beginning January 6, 2015.
Alysha Umphress currently stars on Broadway as "red-hot mama with bebop gusto" (Ben Brantley, The New York Times) 'Hildy' in the acclaimed revival of On the Town. Her other Broadway credits include American Idiot, On a Clear Day..., Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Bring It On. She recently appeared as 'Cee Cee Bloom in the world premiere of Beaches, the musical, at The Signature Theatre. Known in the Broadway community for her incredible vocals, this CD marks her debut solo studio recording.
Jeff Blumenkrantz received a Best Score Tony nomination for Urban Cowboy, the musical. His songs have been recorded by Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Rebecca Luker, Victoria Clark, Megan Mullally and more. As a performer, he most recently starred as "The Suspects" in the Off-Broadway hit musical, Murder for Two, for which he received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. His performing credits also include the Broadway productions of Into the Woods, Threepenny Opera, Damn Yankees, How to Succeed in Business..., and A Class Act, as well as the PBS-televised concerts of Candide and Sweeney Todd with The New York Philharmonic.
Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff
Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumekrantz