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TALES OF TINSELTOWN All-Star Concept Album; CHARLOTTE SWEET (& LUDLOW LADD too)

To critical acclaim, Jay Records has just issued the concept album of the Paul Katz/Michael Colby musical TALES OF TINSELTOWN.  The cast includes Christina Bianco (Drama Desk Award nominee), Klea Blackhurst (soon to star in the musical version of HAZEL), Nat Chandler (THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL), Jake Epstein (original male lead in Broadway’s BEAUTIFUL), two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser (ROMANCE, ROMANCE, THE SECRET GARDEN), Richard Kind (Disney’s INSIDE OUT), and Tony Yazbeck (Tony nominee for ON THE TOWN).  Musical director: Michael Lavine.  Orchestrations: Larry Hochman (Tony winner, BOOK OF MORMON).  Produced by the award-winning Jeffrey Lesser, who has produced albums of Barbra Streisand, Lou Reed, Kristin Chenoweth, and the scores of Jason Robert Brown.  Jay Records has also reissued the complete off-Broadway recording of CHARLOTTE SWEET and (as a bonus for the first orders) and private recording of its prequel LUDLOW LADD.  To purchase, go to: http://www.jayrecords.com.  Sample reviews: http://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/sound/may0916.html; http://kurtofgerolstein.blogspot.com/2016/05/bubbles-in-my-bonnet-or-when-musicals.html.  TALES OF TINSELTOWN has just been named by Rob Lester of “Sound Advice” as one of the year’s ten best show albums: http://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/sound/february1717.html

CHARLOTTE SWEET, IT’S JUST A NUMBER & Colby news!

EXCITING NEWS! On January 29 (7 pm), Michael will be one of three honorees at the award-winning cabaret series, IT’S JUST A NUMBER, hosted by Bobbie Horowitz.  The other honorees are the extraordinary singe Renee Katz and John C. Introcaso (the composer/writer with whom Michael collaborated on the Broadway bound DANGEROUS). Guest performers include Peggy Eason, Anita Hollander, Christine Lavin, N’Kenge, Sidney Myer, and Denise Spahn Morgan.  Location: Don’t Tell Mama (243 W. 46th St., NYC).  Reservations: 212-757-0788.

Then, on February 27 (7 pm), the Second Act Series will present an all-star concert tribute to CHARLOTTE SWEET by Michael and Gerald Jay Markoe.  The cast: Bethe Austin, Justin Chevalier, Robert Cuccioli, Adrienne Ellen, Ellen Harvey, Eddie Korbich, Alli Mauzey, & Michael McCoy, with the original “Charlotte,” Mara Beckerman as narrator.  Directed by Steven Carl McCasland and musical directed by James Horan, the event will be at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC.  Reservations:https://54below.com/events/charlotte-sweet-concert/