Posted at 10:49 am by Lee Lessack
In ”Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard,” Max unabashedly embraces his love for the golden age of Broadway and the American Songbook. Inspired by his love for an era long past, this Tony nominated leading man is joined by Grammy winning composer and famed musical director, Billy Stritch, breathing new life into classic songs we’ve loved for decades.
Max von Essen recently finished his run in the Broadway production of Anastasia as Gleb Vaganov and is currently touring the United States as Marvin in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Falsettos. He is perhaps best known to Broadway audiences as Henri Baurel in the Award winning production of ”An American in Paris”, a role which earned him nominations for the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Grammy Awards. Other Broadway credits include Evita, the revivals of Les Misérables and Jesus Christ Superstar, Dance of the Vampires, and the closing company of the original Les Misérables. Additional New York credits include Yours Unfaithfully for the Mint Theater, Death Takes a Holiday for the Roundabout Theater Company, The Jerry Springer Opera at Carnegie Hall, Hello Again (Drama League nomination) for The Transport Group, Finian’s Rainbow for the Irish Repertory Theater and many others. Tours include Xanadu, Chicago and West Side Story.
Max’s concert work has brought him all across the country and Canada, including The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and a recent sold-out solo run at the famed Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. Recordings include An American in Paris, Evita, Death Takes a Holiday, Finian’s Rainbow, Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd Weber, and Broadway by the Year: 1928. @maxizpad.
Posted at 10:48 am by Lee Lessack
One of Broadway’s biggest stars, Lea Salonga, will be releasing a brand new live album, Blurred Lines (LML Music Label), which was recorded during her sold-out run at the famed Feinstein’s / 54 Below last year. The six date showcase was received with overwhelming accolades from fans and critics alike. “To have an amazing recording of such a special show is rare and exciting!” says Salonga. She continues, “This was such a fun show to put together and I’m so happy we can share it with an even wider audience.”
Posted at 8:18 am by Lee Lessack
On his debut album, Greg Safel — former backup singer for country icon Eddy Arnold and movie legend Debbie Reynolds — steps forward to bring his own interpretations of Broadway, pop, and standards, featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Nero, The Mamas & The Papas, and Aerosmith!
Posted at 7:54 am by Lee Lessack
A collection of love songs for the grown up at heart sung by Broadway baritone George Ball. Produced by the brilliant Michele Brourman and Stephan Oberhoff.