A NEW CD FROM THE QUEEN OF CABARET
SINGS RODGERS & HART”
FEATURING 21 AMERICAN SONGBOOK CLASSICS,
RARE GEMS AND A WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING
AVAILABLE AT WWW.MARCOVICCI.COM ON NOVEMBER 27
ANDREA MARCOVICCI – the celebrated singer and actress lauded as “the greatest cabaret star of her generation” by The International Herald Tribune and “the epitome of elegance and showbiz savvy” by Variety – has announced the release of her new CD “Andrea Marcovicci Sings Rodgers & Hart” through her label Andreasong. The disc features classic standards such as “My Funny Valentine,” “Thou Swell” and “My Heart Stood Still”; infrequently recorded songs like “Jupiter Forbid,” “If I Were You” and “Can’t You Do A Friend A Favor?”; as well as the world premiere recording of the song “What’s The Use.”
“Andrea Marcovicci Sings Rodgers & Hart” will be available through Marcovicci.com starting on Tuesday, November 27. The disc also features Shelly Markham as Musical Director, arranger, and pianist, as well as Kevin Axt on bass. The recording was produced by Mr. Markham and Lesley Alexander. Doug Aycock serves as executive producer and Ms. Marcovicci is executive producer for Andreasong.
She is currently celebrating the release of the CD with a nine week run in New York at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel (59 West 44th Street) from November 13 to January 12. Please call (212) 419-9331 for reservations.
This summer’s world premiere of “Andrea Marcovicci Sings Rodgers & Hart” was heralded by the San Francisco Examiner as “a fascinating glimpse into the heyday of early 20th century musical theater.” Celebrating the music of one of the American Songbook’s most prolific and accomplished songwriting teams, the show is brimming with hits and undiscovered gems.
Ms. Marcovicci brings her uncanny gift of interpretation to the seminal artistry of Lorenz Hart, whose brilliant lyrics rank with those of Noël Coward and Cole Porter for shimmering wit and sophistication, poignancy and heartfelt sentiment. Set perfectly along the sculpted lines of Richard Rodgers’ gorgeous melodies, a Hart lyric is – according to Andrea – “an acting scene waiting to be brought to life. I was attracted to what Josh Logan called the ‘bitter beauty’ of Hart’s lyrics,” she continues. “No other lyricist brought so much of his own personal life – the elated highs and the manic-depressive lows – to his writing.”
“Although the Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration may have produced better-known show titles like The Sound of Music,” she continues, “Rodgers’ earlier partnership with Larry Hart is where my very favorite songs lie: the romantic ‘My Funny Valentine,’ the dreamy ‘Where or When,’ the swinging ‘This Can’t Be Love’ or the wise ‘Falling in Love with Love’ from The Boys From Syracuse, the famous ‘Bewitched’ from Pal Joey, and the heartbreaking torch songs ‘It Never Entered My Mind’ and ‘Little Girl Blue.’”
Andrea has unearthed some rare treasures from the Rodgers & Hart songbook: “A Little Birdie Told Me So” from Peggy Ann and “What’s The Use?” from Lido Lady (1926).