Tuesday, April 22, 2008

New Maureen McGovern album out April 29



An introspective and rousing collection of timeless and
powerful songs that spans generations of music fans


A LONG AND WINDING ROAD finds legendary singer Maureen McGovern reconnecting with the songs that inspired her beginnings as a folk singer in the late ’60s. The album features an eclectic mix of evocative tunes such “The Circle Game,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”, “Fire and Rain,” “And When I Die,” and “Imagine,” songs that comprise, as The New York Times has noted, “the second half of the Great American Songbook.” Musical direction is by McGovern’s longtime collaborator, Jeff Harris. Dan Fortune serves as Executive Producer; the album was co-produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Jeffrey Lesser and Ms. McGovern.

The new album is drawn from McGovern’s acclaimed one-woman show of the same name, which played to enthusiastic notices and sold-out houses in February of 2007 at the Metropolitan Room in New York City.

At the time, McGovern reflected, “For the longest time, people have been asking me to do a concert featuring those introspective songs that influenced and inspired my own development as a person and an artist before ‘The Morning After.’ I started out as a folk singer in the late ‘60s, so it was highly nostalgic for me to go back and explore this particular section of my musical influences. I fell in love all over again with the early works of Jimmy Webb, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, and other groundbreaking singer-songwriters from my youth. Their songs are classic, timeless, and evoke all kinds of memories.”

For the new recording, Jeff Harris has enlarged the concert arrangements with strings, saxophone and percussion.

Maureen McGovern was most recently seen both on Broadway and in the first National Tour as Marmee in Little Women, for which she earned a Drama Desk Award nomination. She has enjoyed a successful and varied career as a leading lady in Broadway’s Pirates of Penzance, Nine: The Musical, and Threepenny Opera, Off-Broadway’s Brownstone, the National Tour of The King and I, and in acclaimed regional performances of The Lion in Winter, Of Thee I Sing, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Letters from ‘Nam, Elegies, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls, I Do! I Do! and The Bengal Tiger’s Ball.

Her Oscar-winning International Gold Records “The Morning After” and “We May Never Love Like This Again” launched an extraordinary recording career during which she has completed more than 25 solo and compilation albums. To date, her career has spanned thirty-five years, including recordings, concerts, Broadway, films, television, radio and composing. Visit www.maureenmcgovern.com for more information.

Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker & Philip Chaffin, and a four-time Grammy nominee (for its cast recordings of Nine: The Musical, Assassins, Grey Gardens and Company), PS CLASSICS has made significant contributions to the heritage of American popular song through its critically acclaimed cast recordings (including the current New York productions of Xanadu, A Catered Affair, Sunday in the Park with George and Adding Machine); solo albums by such luminaries as Victoria Clark, Jessica Molaskey, and Christine Andreas; and recordings drawn from rare sound archives, including Sondheim Sings. PS Classics is distributed exclusively by Image Entertainment.

Visit www.psclassics.com for more information.

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