“‘Sondheim Unplugged’ is creating something entirely new and worthwhile. It has, in fact, given us a hat, where there never was a hat.” – The Wall Street Journal
YELLOW SOUND LABEL has announced the release of Sondheim Unplugged: The NYC Sessions – Volume Three, the final installment of the monumental three-volume set dedicated to the oeuvre of iconic musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim. The third edition is available today, Friday, November 18, in streaming and digital formats, in addition to a 2-disc CD. The album is produced by the series creator Phil Geoffrey Bond and features Music Director Joseph Goodrich on piano. Sondheim Unplugged: The NYC Sessions, which encompasses 70 singers and 120 songs, is a landmark collection destined to be a major contribution to the canon of Sondheim recordings. Sondheim Unplugged: The NYC Sessions – Volume Three is now available at YellowSoundLabel.com and SondheimUnplugged.com.
Sondheim Unplugged is the smash New York revue captured here with electrifying performances from some of Broadway’s most impressive vocalists, who collectively boast over 100 Broadway credits to their names.
Several of this edition’s key performers originated roles in Sondheim musicals, including George Lee Andrews (A Little Night Music), Danielle Ferland (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George), Joy Franz (Into the Woods),Annie Golden (Assassins), Teri Ralston (Company, A Little Night Music), Ken Jennings (Sweeney Todd), Pamela Winslow Kashani (Into the Woods), Pamela Myers (Company),Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd), Melanie Vaughan (Sunday in the Park with George), and Jim Walton (Merrily We Roll Along). The album also includes performances by vocalists seen more recently on Broadway in the Sondheim revivals of A Little Night Music (Ramona Mallory), Company (Claybourne Elder, Nicholas Rodriguez, Bruce Sabath), The Frogs (Eric Michael Gillett), Pacific Overtures (Telly Leung), and Lucia Spina, currently featured in Into the Woods.
In contrast to some of the grand concert presentations of the composer’s work, Sondheim Unplugged strives to convey each song simply and essentially, burnished by impeccable performances and enhanced by spare yet elegant piano accompaniment. This third edition highlights more of the best-loved tunes from the master composer’s prolific collection of works (“Being Alive,” “No One Is Alone,” “Move On”), as well as lesser-heard, sparkling treasures from projects like The Girls of Summer and The Frogs. It also features cut songs from Company (“Happily Ever After”) and Assassins (“Flag Song”), and more. Recorded in the studio throughout 2020 and 2021, this is a once-in-a-generation compendium of some of the most classic songs in contemporary musical theater history.
The first and second volumes in the series were the #1 best-sellers on Amazon in the “Musical Soundtracks and Scores” category for the first three months of their respective releases. They were hailed as “a rich and rewarding treasure trove of recordings” by BroadwayWorld.com and “a stellar collection” by Midwest Record. The Algemeiner called them “Simply phenomenal. A must-listen for any Broadway, Sondheim, or theatre fan.” According to Stage & Cinema, “every song in this collection is fabulous.”
“On behalf of Yellow Sound Label, I am very proud to be concluding this definitive series exploring the work of Stephen Sondheim,” says the label’s Executive Producer Michael Croiter. “I can’t think of a better way to move towards 2023 than to celebrate Sondheim’s legacy with these wonderful singers and this classic repertoire.”
Forbes called Sondheim Unplugged “a nightlife staple for Sondheim devotees and New York’s musical theater community.” According to BroadwayWorld.com, “Sondheim Unplugged isn’t just one of the most entertaining shows in New York City, it’s one of the most important. This is a stellar and starry cast, all sublimely talented musicians and crackerjack actors – both gifts that, when combined, add up to some noteworthy entertainment.” The New York Times invites you to “pour yourself a glass of something bubbly and enjoy.”
Sondheim Unplugged – hosted by series creator Phil Geoffrey Bond, who fills the audience in on Sondheimian facts, history, and assorted tidbits of theatrical lore – has been a celebrated monthly New York event since 2010, featuring some of Broadway and the nightclub scene’s most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only. In addition to its regular home of Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York, the show has been seen in venues and performing arts centers, including NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), and in London at The Hippodrome and Crazy Coqs.
The show is the recipient of the BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award for “Best Variety Show/Recurring Series” and the Bistro Award for “Outstanding Cabaret Series,” in addition to a nomination for “Show of the Year” from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets.
For more information, please visit SondheimUnplugged.com.
YELLOW SOUND LABEL is an Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated, cutting-edge company that produces music for established performers, up-and-coming artists and original cast recordings. The boutique label takes a hands-on approach in nurturing and producing passionate, focused performers and composers who create quality, noteworthy recordings. Founder Michael Croiter is currently nominated for a 2023 Grammy Award for the Original Broadway Cast Recording of A Strange Loop, Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical. YellowSoundLabel.com
SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED: THE NYC SESSIONS – VOLUME THREE – Track List
1. Opening Doors – Harris Doran, Rob Maitner, Lucia Spina, Jim Walton, Sally Mayes and Kelli Rabke
2. Hades – Eric Michael Gillett
3. Sorry / Grateful – Jacob Hoffman
4. I Know Things Now – Michelle Dowdy
5. It Takes Two – Danielle Ferland and Jeff Blumenkrantz
6. Loving You – Karen Mason
7. That Dirty Old Man – Ramona Mallory
8. Somewhere – T. Oliver Reid
9. Now You Know – Donna Vivino
10. Not While I’m Around – Ken Jennings
11. Gussie’s Opening Number / Growing Up – Kate Loprest
12. One More Kiss – Sierra Rein and Sarah Rice
13. Flag Song – Claybourne Elder
14. We Do Not Belong Together – Victoria Cook and Aaron Ramey
15. Another Hundred People – Leenya Rideout
16. No More – Evan Harrington
17. When – Courter Simmons and Lisa Sabin
18. Take the Moment – Aaron Ramey
19. A Little Priest – Lucia Spina and Rob Maitner
20. Lesson #8 / Children and Art – Scott Coulter
21. Being Alive – Brian Charles Rooney
1. Everything’s Coming Up Roses – Marta Sanders
2. The Worst Pies in London – Annie Golden
3. Stay with Me – Julie Reyburn
4. All I Need Is the Girl – Courter Simmons
5. I Remember / Changing –Liz McCartney
6. Happily Ever After – Bruce Sabath
7. No One Is Alone – Joy Franz
8. Love, I Hear – Telly Leung
9. Our Little World – Pamela Winslow Kashani
10. So Many People – Charlie Levy
11. You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow – Eric Michael Gillett and Melanie Vaughan
12. What Can You Lose? – Natalie Douglas
13. Getting Married Today – Teri Ralston and Aaron Ramey
14. Fear No More – George Lee Andrews
15. Me and My Town – Pamela Myers and Joseph Goodrich
16. I Have a Love – Jessica Hendy
17. The Ballad of Booth – John Treacy Egan and Harris Doran
18. The Girls of Summer – Gabrielle Stravelli
19. Rose’s Turn – Sally Mayes
20. Move On – Lucia Spina and Nicholas Rodriguez
21. Sunday – Marquee Five