Tennesse William’s – Only A Paper Moon staring Alison Fraser
Only A Paper Moon…the Tennessee Williams Songbook
with Alison Fraser and Allison Leyton Brown
(compiled and directed by David Kaplan)
Broadway’s Alison Fraser, twice nominated for the Tony Award (for The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance) sings a jewel box of pop songs from plays by Tennessee Williams. Among other pleasures: “It’s Only a Paper Moon” (from A Streetcar Named Desire), “The Party’s Over Now,” “If I Didn’t Care,” and “St. Louis Blues.” There’s unexpected delights from country-western ballads, Mississippi blues, Latin love songs from Sweet Bird of Youth, and some rousing Gilbert & Sullivan from The Glass menagerie.
Songs are accompanied by piano powerhouse Allison Leyton Brown, a classically-trained virtuoso acclaimed for driving the beat and rattling the rafters in a dazzling array of musical styles. The collection of songs was compiled by Tennessee Williams scholar and director David Kaplan, curator of the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown.
Review from the Provincetown Festival Performances
Alison Fraser (vocals) is a two time Tony Award nominee for The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance, a Drama Desk Award nominee for The Secret Garden, and a Carbonell Awards winner for Romance/Romance. She played Tessie Tura in the New York City Center and Broadway productions of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone under the direction of the legendary Arthur Laurents. She was the first ever recipient of Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of “The Blonde” in the film noir musical, Gunmetal Blues.
For further information http://www.alisonfraser.com
Allison Leyton Brown (piano) performs live across New York City and America: at the upscale Feinstein’s, the legendary Birdland, and many others. She plays keyboards and organs regularly with the New Orleans-inspired band Smith & 9th Ward, The Outer Borough Brass Band, New York’s Finest Jazz Band, and fronts the trio House of Stride, with a repertory ranging from classic stride piano to old-School cabaret gems and re-imagined pop classics.
For further information http://www.allisonleytonbrown.com/
David Kaplan (director) is the co-founder and curator of the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown. He stages Tennessee Williams productions around the world.
For further information http://davidkaplandirector.com
THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS SONGBOOK PLAYLIST:
- It’s Only a Paper Moon
- You’re the Only Star in My Blue Heaven
- The New San Antonio Rose
- If I Didn’t Care
- Yellow Dog Blues
- Sweet Leilani
- Quiereme Mucho (in Spanish)
- Estrellita (in Spanish)
- Come El Rose (in Italian)
- I am a Pirate King
- Sophisticated Lady
- St. Louis Blues
- The Party’s Over Now
- I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
- Bye Bye Blues