Billy's Back on Broadway

Billy's Back on Broadway

by Billy Porter


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Billy's Back on Broadway

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2014
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072352421
catalogNumber: 35245
Rank: 127437

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   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
John 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
James Sampliner   Arranger,Orchestration
Albert J. Roman   Package Art Direction
Joe D'Ambrosio   Executive Producer
Henry Kreiger   Composer

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Billy's Back on Broadway 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!