CD of My New Musical Theater Songs
My debut CD, All The Possibilities: The Songs of Michael Wartofsky, will be a collector’s edition of my original musical theater songs, recorded by some of the best Broadway talent imaginable. Produced by Sean Flahaven (a producer on 20 cast albums including Hamilton), this CD will keep your toes tapping and your heart singing.
With music direction by my colleague at Berklee College of Music, legendary Broadway conductor Eric Stern (Parade, Xanadu), the CD will feature the dramatic and vocal talents of these Broadway singers, in alphabetical order: Farah Alvin (It Shoulda Been You, I Love You Because), Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow, Hello, Dolly), Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along, Rent, Children of Eden), Annie Golden (Hair, Assassins, Violet, Orange is the New Black) Aisha Jackson (Waitress, Frozen), Marcus Paul James (In the Heights, Rent), Michael Roberts McKee (Mamma Mia), Daniel Quadrino (Newsies, Wicked), Shayna Steele (Hairspray, Rent), Katie Thompson (Giant), Allie Trimm (13, Bye, Bye, Birdie), Alysha Umphress (On The Town)! I am pinching myself that all of these extraordinary voices will be putting their spin on the tunes I’ve banged out over the constant protestations of my neighbors yet in the indulgent presence of my amazing co-writers, David Reiffel, Bradley Seeman, Kathleen Cahill, and Abby Casey.
This song collection will reflect my musical influences, from Barbra Streisand to Chaka Khan, Stephen Sondheim to Stephen Schwartz, Jason Mraz to Jason Robert Brown. Richly orchestrated songs from my shows Cupcake, The Navigator, The Man in My Head and Running Back, will intermingle with songs that are not from shows yet sound like they should be.
The high-quality product requires an extensive budget, even with cost-saving measures such as a recording grant from Berklee to cover the studio time for some of the first instrumental recordings. The remaining expenses include paying for the musicians (many of these orchestrations feature full horn and strings, all live!) guest vocalists, guest orchestrators, studio time in Manhattan at both Avatar studios for live rhythm section and Yellow Sound Label for vocal overdubs; editing, mixing and mastering, travel expenses, and marketing the CD to folks other than faithful supporters such as you.
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