Andrea Marcovicci, the acclaimed singer and actress, has announced the release of her first CD of new material in five years, Smile, on her own label Andreasong. The new recoding her is based on her show of the same name that will be performed at New York's famed Café Carlyle from October 2 to 27 after hit runs in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The disc can be purchased at CDBaby.com and Marcovicci.com. The CD will also be available at live performances, starting with Andrea's final West Coast performances of Smile at The Gardenia in Hollywood on September 14 and 15.
Smile opens with a pair of playful and uplifting standards "It's Only A Paper Moon" and "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries." Other highlights include two numbers from Andrea's unrecorded tribute to the nightclub legend "The Incomparable Hildegarde" – the ragtime shuffle of the "12th Street Rag" and the lilting "Umbrella Man." Musical Director Shelly Markham joins Andrea for two jaunty duet medleys: the classics "Isn't It A Lovely Day?" and "Pick Yourself Up," followed by an exciting swing arrangement of "Zing A Litle Zong" and "Mairzy Doats" that appeals to the child in all of us.
Always a champion of new songwriters, she performs "Look At Those Eyes," written expressly for Andrea by Robert Waldman and Phillip Namanworth when her daughter Alice was born, and then marks the debut recording of Babbie Green's "(I Asked) The Moon." Musical theater enthusiasts will appreciate her comic reading of "Shakespeare Lied" from the 1967 Broadway musical How Now, Dow Jones by Oscar winner Elmer Bernstein and Tony Award nominee Carolyn Leigh. An unexpected treat from Andrea is a tender reinterpretation of "Glitter In The Air" – a top 20 hit on the Billboard "Hot 100" chart for the three time Grammy Award winner Pink. This track is also available as an exclusive single download.
The disc is arranged by Musical Director Shelly Markham and features Kevin Axt on bass; M.B. Gordy on drums and percussion; Grant Geissman on guitar, banjo and ukulele; Giovanna Clayton on cello; Jeff Brunell on cornet, flugelhorn, and trumpet; James Honeyman on soprano and tenor saxophones and Brian Mann on accordion. Ms. Marcovicci is the recording's Executive Producer; Shelly Markham and Lesley Alexander serve as producers.
Beginning in 2004 with Andrea's tribute to Cole Porter, all of Andrea's CDs have been released through her own label – Andreasong Recordings, Inc. Other titles include As Time Goes By: The Best of Andrea Marcovicci (featuring two newly-recorded tracks and a 12 page color booklet), a tribute to Frank Loesser (If I Were a Bell) recorded live at the Oak Room; a studio album of songs associated with Fred Astaire (Andrea Sings Astaire); My Christmas Song for You; and a CD based upon the show, Marcovicci Sings Rodgers & Hart. In addition, the label put out the cast album for Kurt Weill in America (originally performed at the 92nd Street Y), complete with a 48-page color booklet with extensive liner notes. The cast also includes Anna Bergman, Barbara Brussell, Mark Coffin, Chuck Cooper, Jeff Harnar, and Maude Maggart.