Leaving Home

Leaving Home

by Rebecca Luker
     
 

From the “home” of the Broadway stage (Julie Andrews calls her “one of the loveliest talents to come from Broadway”), singer Rebecca Luker takes a breathless journey into songs from the folk and pop canon and the world of the new show tune. Rebecca brings her own passion to tunes by Joni Mitchell ("River" and "Chelsea Morning"), Carly Simon ("Boys in the Trees"),… See more details below

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From the “home” of the Broadway stage (Julie Andrews calls her “one of the loveliest talents to come from Broadway”), singer Rebecca Luker takes a breathless journey into songs from the folk and pop canon and the world of the new show tune. Rebecca brings her own passion to tunes by Joni Mitchell ("River" and "Chelsea Morning"), Carly Simon ("Boys in the Trees"), Janis Ian ("Getting Over You"), Lennon and McCartney ("She’s Leaving Home"), and Billy Joel ("You’re My Home") and then even finds new colors in the American past (Stephen Foster’s "Old Dog Tray") and Celtic tradition (Tommy Makem’s "Four Green Fields"). Composer Christopher McGovern serves as musical director and album producer and has given Rebecca two tunes -- "Cherish the Child," cut from his Lizzie Borden musical, and "Morningtimes," written especially for this album. Leaving Home also showcases premiere recordings of Amanda McBroom’s "Ophelia" from the forthcoming Will’s Women and "Fine," written by Bill Whitefield and Bill Castellino for the new musical Crash Club.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the eight years since her first solo album, a tribute to Cole Porter, Broadway star Rebecca Luker has become the go-to soprano for revivals of 1950s musicals, starring as Maria in a 1998 production of The Sound of Music and as Marian the Librarian in The Music Man in 2000. Here, she looks back at another era, as well as forward. It seems that this actress/singer, growing up in Birmingham, AL in the '60s and '70s, wasn't so much dreaming of becoming Judy Garland as much as Joni Mitchell. She begins Leaving Home with Mitchell's melancholy "River" from Blue and also includes a version of "Chelsea Morning" that emphasizes her vocal similarity to Judy Collins. Janis Ian ("Getting Over You"), Carly Simon ("Boys in the Trees"), and Billy Joel in his early sensitive-singer/songwriter phase ("You're My Home") are all addressed, too. But then Luker turns to what she may consider the modern equivalent of such artists, a younger generation of aspiring writers for the musical theater, introducing Amanda McBroom's "Ophelia" "from the new musical Will's Women" and Bill Whitefield and Bill Castellino's "Fine" "from the new musical Crash Club. In these cases, "new" seems to mean "unproduced," and it also gets applied to Christopher McGovern (the album's producer) and Amy Powers' "Cherish the Child" ("cut from the new musical Lizzie Borden"). Especially in McGovern's small-group folk/pop orchestrations, these character and story songs work well with what has gone before, as does McGovern's "Morningtimes," which also has a story to tell, even if that story is only "I want you back." Later on in the disc, Luker seems to be picking songs she likes, among them Tommy Makem's folkish "Four Green Fields" and "Wick," a song that she and her duet partner, Alison Fraser, didn't get to sing when they appeared together in The Secret Garden. Most of the songs, however, reflect on the experiences of women of various ages, often going through life's travails, and that is certainly true of the closing song, the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home," which, of course, tells a story with a definite dramatic arc and could be adapted into a short play or film. Thus, Luker steps away from what has seemed to be her typecasting as Broadway's revivalist of sweet sopranos, asserting an individual pop taste and promoting possible roles in shows of the future.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
Label:
P.S. Classics
UPC:
0803607041526
catalogNumber:
415
Rank:
302788

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rebecca Luker   Primary Artist
Alison Fraser   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sean Harkness   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass
Jessica Wright   Violin
Jennifer Gravenstine   Cello
Joe Brady   Percussion,Drums
Christopher McGovern   Piano,Keyboards
Peter Kikidakis   Reeds

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
Amanda McBroom   Composer
Janis Ian   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Carly Simon   Composer
Jonathan Schwartz   Author
Tommy Makem   Composer
Tommy Krasker   Executive Producer
Joe Lambert   Mastering
Lucy Simon   Composer
Maury Yeston   Author
Michael Zimmer   Editorial Coordinator
Rebecca Luker   Liner Notes
Susan Stroman   Author
Julie Andrews   Author
Amy Powers   Composer
Bart Migal   Engineer
Christopher McGovern   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration,Musical Director
Rusty Magee   Composer
Katie Couric   Author
Arthur Winer   Mastering
Marsha Norman   Composer

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