EMI/MANHATTAN RECORDS TO RELEASE HALLELUJAH BROADWAY CD AND DVD IN STORES ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
INCLUDES SONGS FROM BROADWAY'S HOTTEST SHOWS INCLUDING GODSPELL, OKLAHOMA!, WEST SIDE STORY, SOUND OF MUSIC, BILLY ELLIOT, RENT, AND WICKED AMONG OTHERS!
BRAND NEW MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA FROM THE PRODUCER OF THE IRISH TENORS
JULY NATIONWIDE PREMIERE ON PBS STATIONS
New York, NY - Hallelujah Broadway, the musical extravaganza from Bill Hughes, the producer of The Irish Tenors, is based on the simple premise that powerful songs can bring an audience to their feet, gladden their hearts and give them something to really feel good about. How often have people come out of a Broadway Musical and felt they had just had a religious experience?
In Hallelujah Broadway, the producers harnessed the emotional power of the songs that have so inspired millions of theatre goers and gathered them all together in one feast of entertainment. The show is high on emotion with a true spiritual connection at its heart. The producers selected the most uplifting and powerful songs from the great Broadway musicals for the performance, which were recorded in Prague at the Church of St. Simon & St. Judah, accompanied by the Prague Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir.
Hallelujah Broadway is part of special programming airing in July-August 2010 (check local listings) on PBS stations. This TV program showcases inspired vocal performances, the special is set in the baroque magnificence of the Church of St Simon and St Jude, home to the Prague Symphony. Crucially, Hallelujah Broadway features star central performances from three featured soloists - the amazing tenor Rodrick Dixon, the powerful soprano from the Chicago Symphony Alfreda Burke, and the marvelous Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns. The show also features as a special guest one of Broadway's leading ladies, Linda Eder. The songs are linked by a richly scripted commentary which is shared by the four soloists. The concert recording was filmed in Prague on February 8th 2010.
Included on the DVD (***on the companion CD):
Prepare Ye The Way Of the Lord (Godspell)
Oh What A Beautiful Mornin' (Oklahoma!)
I'll Be Seeing You (Right This Way)***
Gold (Camille Claudel)
Somewhere (West Side Story)***
Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Sound Of Music)
Electricity (Billy Elliot)***
Godspell Medley - including:
Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord
Seasons of Love (Rent)***
What I Did For Love (A Chorus Line)***
Bring Him Home (Les Miserables)***
Sunday (Sunday in the Park with George)***
For Good (Wicked)***
Someone Like You (Jekyll & Hyde)
You'll Never Walk Alone (Carousel)***
The producers commissioned the song "Hallelujah Broadway" specifically for the show, which is sung by Anthony Kearns, Rodrick Dixon, and Alfreda Burke.
Producer: Bill Hughes
Executive Producer: Bernadine Carraher
Directed for Television by Tony Gregory
Musical Director: Gavin Murphy
Mind the Gap Films have produced over 1000 hours of award winning Arts, Entertainment, Music, Documentary and Public Service Programming for broadcasters around the world including PBS, CBC Canada, BBC UK, ABC Australia and RTE and TV3 in Ireland.
Gavin Murphy has recorded and orchestrated music for numerous Irish artists including Van Morrison, Mary Black, Tommy Fleming, Brian Kennedy, Sinead O'Connor, Rebecca Storm and he recently worked as musical director for Colm Wilkinson's' sell-out tour. Gavin was musical director for the hit television series The Irish Tenors and Friends including their Special with Andrew Lloyd Webber.