This list highlights work of both emerging and established composers that has been released in the past year. Among two of the most notable names doing double duty are Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, who serves as co-writer of the amusing "What Would Dolly Do?", and Tony Award nominee (and Glee star) Matthew Morrison, who co-wrote the touching "It's Over."
Other tracks feature new songs by such writers as Jonathan Reid Gealt, Lance Horne, Michael Kooman and Christopher Diamond, Michael Patrick Walker, Michael Bruce, Gareth Peter Dicks, and Dougal Irvine. Interpreting these artists' and others' work are such stage notables as Kate Baldwin, Andrea Burns, Will Chase, Matt Doyle, Cheyenne Jackson, and Jim Stanek.
The disc also includes a few selections that draw from outside of the world of New York or London theater. "It's Like a Dance," for instance, comes from the concept recording of Nine Lives, which has its genesis among the jazz artists of New Orleans, and "Hard Goodbye," comes from the highly theatrical song cycle Rosler's Recording Booth.
1. "Silence And The Rain" - Cassie McIvor, Daniel Boys - Acoustic Overtures: The Songs Of Dougal Irvine (SimG Records)
2. "Strange Bird" - Cheyenne Jackson - Lance Horne: First Things Last (Yellow Sound Label)
3. "It's Over" - Matthew Morrison - Matthew Morrison (Mercury Records)
4. "Even Then" - Paul Spicer - Michael Bruce: Unwritten Songs (Speckulation)
5. "There With You" - Natalie Weiss, Jason Robert Brown - Natalie Weiss - EP (natalieweiss.net)
6. "Simple Words" - Gemma Sutton - The Music Box (Escape Records)
7. "It's Like a Dance" - Walter "Wolfman" - Washington, George Porter Jr., Washboard Chaz, Luke Winslow King - Nine Lives (A Musical Adaptation) (Mystery Street Records/Threadhead Records)
8. "Finding Me" - Jim Stanek - Out Of Context: The Songs Of Michael Patrick Walker (Yellow Sound Label)
9. "Walking Without You" - Kyle Dean Massey - Out Of Our Heads: The Music of Kooman & Dimond (Kooman & Dimond)
10. "If We Never" - Lance Fletke, Elise Amato - Placebo - A New Musical (Original Concept Cast Recording) (dannyabosch.com)
11. "If Morning Can't Wait" - Matt Doyle - Daylight (mattdoylemusic.com)
12. "Hard Goodbye" - John Margolis - Rosler's Recording Booth (Fingers Crossed Records)
13. "Morning Song" - Andrea Burns - Show Some Beauty (Yellow Sound Label)
14. "What Would Dolly Do" - Kristin Chenoweth - Some Lessons Learned (Sony Masterworks)
15. "The Discovery Of Popcorn" - Blue Bottle Collection - Summer Of The Soda Fountain Girls (Yellow Sound Label)
16. "Love Is Love Is Love" - Julie Gold - Love Is Love Is Love (Juliegold.com)
17. "Lessons Learned" - Will Chase, Kate Baldwin - Thirteen Stories Down - The Songs of Jonathan Reid Gealt (Sh-K-Boom Records)
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