We are pleased to announce that we will release "Beautiful Dreamer," the debut solo album from rising Broadway and vocal star Donna Vivino, in stores and via online outlets December 10, 2013.
"Beautiful Dreamer" weaves 13 diverse songs into a thematically-cohesive collection from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley. Jerry Vivino – the veteran New York musician and longtime member of the Conan O’Brien house band – leads the disc's all-star jazz quartet and serves as producer. Taking a break from performing on Broadway in the smash hit Wicked, Donna will star Off Broadway in Stars of David – a new song cycle celebrating Jewish identity, based on the bestselling book, with original music by the theater’s top songwriters – from November 13 to December 15.
"Beautiful Dreamer" offers uniquely sophisticated takes on favorites from the Broadway stage and the Great American songbook. Theater fans in particular will appreciate her bold reinvention of “Castle on A Cloud” from Les Misérables – which she introduced at age 8 as Broadway’s original Young Cosette – into a slow-burning blues number. Other highlights include her stirring mid-tempo opener “When Day Is Done” and an ingenious cool-jazz arrangement of the iconic standard “Over the Rainbow.” Her slowed-down interpretation of “Rainy Days and Mondays” rivals the Carpenters original for its poignancy and sensitivity. The closing title track – sung to her as a child by her beloved late grandmother – transforms the turn-of-the-century classic into a modern lullaby. She also personalizes works by Rodgers and Hart (“My Romance”) George and Ira Gershwin (“They Can’t Take That Away From Me”), Ant¬ônio Carlos Jobim (“How Insensitive”) and other important songwriters.
The album has arrangements by Mitchel Forman and features Jerry Vivino on flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone and clarinet; Mitchel Forman on piano and keyboards; Kevin Axt on upright bass and acoustic bass guitar; and Ray Brinker on drums and percussion.
Donna Vivino starred for two years as Elphaba in the First National Tour of Wicked
and performed the role on Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include Hairspray, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Saturday Night Fever
and Les Misérables
. Her film and television credits include A Gifted Man
, “The Sopranos,” “Everyday People,” “Married to It” and “All My Children” as Young Erica Kane. She is currently a regular on the hit web series “Submissions Only.” You can visit her online at DonnaVivino.com
and follow her on Twitter @DonnaVivino
JERRY VIVINO can be seen nightly on TBS’s “Conan” with the Basic Cable Band. He was part of the Max Weinberg 7 on NBC-TV’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” since the show’s premiere in 1993. Jerry has performed and recorded alongside major music stars such as Ricky Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Marc Anthony, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Bon Jovi, Paul Shaffer, Frankie Valli, James Brown, Phoebe Snow, Donald Fagen, Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis and Keely Smith, to name just a few. Jerry has played on motion picture soundtracks, including Maid in Manhattan, The Tao of Steve and Camp, as well as in the pit of many Broadway musicals such as Annie, A Chorus Line, Cats, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Leader of the Pack, Starlight Express and Grease. He has released several albums as a band leader, most recently Walkin’ with the Wazmo. Jerry attended the Manhattan School of Music. More information is at www.JerryVivino.com.
The Track List for "Beautiful Dreamer" is as follows:
1. When Day Is Done (Robert Katscher / B.G. DeSylva)
2. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart)
3. Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg)
4. When She Loved Me (Randy Newman)
5. Castle On A Cloud (Herbert Kretzmer / Alain Boublil / Claude-Michel Schönberg / Jean-MarcNatel)
6. Rainy Days and Mondays (Roger S. Nichols / Paul Williams)
7. How Insensitive (Antônio Carlos Jobim /Norman Gimbel / Vinicius De Moraes)
8. Never Never Land (Jule Styne / Betty Comden /Adolph Green)
9. My Romance (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart)
10. I Wish You Love (Charles Trenet)
11. Once You Lose Your Heart (Noel Gay)
12. They Can’t Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin)
13. Beautiful Dreamer (Stephen Foster)