Billy's Back on Broadway

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Billy Porter wears a lot of hats. He came into the public eye when he played Teen Angel in 1994's revival of Grease! on Broadway, and he's been a mainstay in musicals on Broadway ever since, leading up to his Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in Kinky Boots, which featured music and lyrics from Cyndi Lauper, in 2013. Porter's successful Broadway presence is what he's known for, but he's also a songwriter, composer, playwright, director, and vocal coach, and he's had dramatic roles in several films and television shows as well. He's studied theater, and even has degrees in most of these things. In a way, Porter is a throwback to entertainers like ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Billy Porter wears a lot of hats. He came into the public eye when he played Teen Angel in 1994's revival of Grease! on Broadway, and he's been a mainstay in musicals on Broadway ever since, leading up to his Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in Kinky Boots, which featured music and lyrics from Cyndi Lauper, in 2013. Porter's successful Broadway presence is what he's known for, but he's also a songwriter, composer, playwright, director, and vocal coach, and he's had dramatic roles in several films and television shows as well. He's studied theater, and even has degrees in most of these things. In a way, Porter is a throwback to entertainers like Sammy Davis, Jr., performers who worked along a multitude of platforms, from stage to screen to television to nightclub circuits and back again, always working, always on or near some stage. Porter's third album, Billy's Back on Broadway, his first album in almost a decade (the title itself pays homage to Davis' 1965 album Sammy's Back on Broadway), makes perfect sense, putting his emotive and stage-inspired theatrical mainstream pop singing style (if mainstream pop were still what it was 60 years ago) to work on ten classic Broadway show tunes. Lushly produced by Rob Mounsey, we find Porter completely in his element, bringing his broadly gestured dramatic vocals to songs like the opener "But the World Goes 'Round," the hushed and orchestrated "On the Street Where You Live," and the medley of "Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy," which he sings with Cyndi Lauper, in itself an homage to Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland. It all feels and sounds like a well-executed nightclub Broadway song revue, which no doubt is exactly what Porter intended with this release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2014
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072352421
  • Catalog Number: 35245
  • Sales rank: 44,462

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 But the World Goes 'Round (3:44)
  2. 2 Everything's Coming Up Roses (3:54)
  3. 3 Don't Rain On My Parade (2:56)
  4. 4 On the Street Where You Live (4:05)
  5. 5 I've Gotta Be Me (5:03)
  6. 6 I'm Not My Father's Son (6:12)
  7. 7 Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy (3:52)
  8. 8 Luck Be a Lady (6:17)
  9. 9 Take the Moment (5:55)
  10. 10 I Am Changing (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Porter Primary Artist, Vocals
Rob Mounsey Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, fender rhodes
Scott Kreitzer Tenor Saxophone
Barry Danielian Trumpet
Joyce Hammann Violin, Concert Master
Aaron Heick Alto Saxophone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Lois Martin Viola
Shawn Pelton Drums
Roger Rosenberg Baritone Saxophone
Andy Snitzer Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
David Spinozza Acoustic Guitar
Sara Cutler Harp
Antoine Silverman Violin
Richard Hammond Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
George Flynn Bass Trombone
Jonathan Dinklage Violin
Anja Wood Cello
Jesse Nager Background Vocals
Entcho Todorov Violin
Rachel Golub Violin
James Sampliner Piano, fender rhodes
Mike Davis Trombone
Philip Payton Violin
Dave Eggar Cello
Ron Lawrence Viola
David Spinoza Electric Guitar
Mykal Kilgore Background Vocals
Bryan Terrell Clark Background Vocals
Kevin Smith Kirkwood Background Vocals
Jerome O. Kirkland Jr. Organ
Trevor McQueen Background Vocals
Katherine Kresek Violin
Ken Robinson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Cyndi Lauper Composer
Rob Mounsey Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Kander Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Richard Alderson Engineer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Jule Styne Composer
William Wittman Engineer
Jack Yellen Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Steve Marzullo Concept
Bob Merrill Composer
Billy Porter Arranger, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Concept
Fred Ebb Composer
Walter Marks Composer
Lawrence Manchester Engineer
Ted Koehler Composer
Tom Eyen Composer
Paul Blackmore Mastering
James Sampliner Arranger, Orchestration
Albert J. Roman Package Art Direction
Joe D'Ambrosio Executive Producer
Henry Kreiger Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Highest praise for this brilliant re-presentation of well known

    Highest praise for this brilliant re-presentation of well known songs. Billy's vocal virtuosity and emotional engagement make for a powerful reinterpretation of  B'way favorites. You've never heard them like this before. I'm spoiled from now on. More, please!

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