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Beechey Sings Sondheim, Schwartz, Finn and Maltby and Shire on Debut CD

Annalene Beechey who starred in the West End productions of 'Marguerite', 'Wicked' and 'Beauty & The Beast', will release her debut solo album next month. The CD features arrangements by Peter White, JoNathan Williams and Richard Taylor. Featured vocalists include Julian Ovenden (Marguerite, Annie Get Your Gun), Rebecca Lock (Avenue Q, Phantom of the Opera) and Simon Greiff (Saturday Night Fever, Spamalot).

The complete track listing for "Close Your Eyes" consists of:

No One Is Alone / Children Will Listen (Stephen Sondheim)
Lion Tamer (Stephen Schwartz)
River (Joni Mitchell) - with Julian Ovenden
Hannah's Dream (Grant Olding)
Doll On A Music Box (Sherman & Sherman)
Carrying A Torch (Stiles & Drewe)
The Promise (Tracy Chapman)
It's Never That Easy/I've Been Here Before (Shire & Maltby, Jr) - with Rebecca Lock
Sailing (William Finn)
Nothing More (Scott Alan)
Perfect Day (Colin Towns)
What We Have (Richard Taylor)
If I Told You (Sklar & Beguelin) - with Simon Greiff
Always/Goodnight (Scott Alan)

Beechey's recent theatre credits include Miss Chasum in the World Premiere of Alan Ayckbourn/Dennis Kings' Awaking Beauty (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Annette in the World Premiere of Boublil/Schonberg/Legrand's Marguerite opposite Ruthie Henshall (Theatre Royal Haymarket, London), Pat Collins in the World Premiere of Moon Landing (Derby Playhouse), Standby Glinda in Wicked (Apollo Victoria, London), Cinderella in Into the Woods (at the Derby Playhouse), Alice in Carl Davis' version of Alice in Wonderland (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Molly Cassidy in the World Premiere of The Ha'penny Bridge (The Point, Dublin), Belle in (National Tour, including The Point in Dublin) and previously at the Dominion Theatre London with Gemma Craven. She has played Anne Egerman in Stephen Sondheims' A Little Night Music and Dorothy in the RSC version of The Wizard of Oz (both at Leicester Haymarket), Johanna in the Celebrated Anniversary Concert of Sondheim's FestivAl Hall, London) opposite Len Cariou, Davis Gaines, Judy Kaye and Pia Douwes, Belle in (Theatre Royal, Nottingham) opposite Anton Rogers, the alternate Christine in (Her Majesty's' Theatre, London) and Sadie Sears/understudy Julie Jordan in Royal National Theatre's (Shaftesbury Theatre, London).

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