Broadway Records and 54 BELOW announced today that they have joined in partnership to create a series of albums recorded live at the brand new venue, 54 BELOW, located just steps away from the heart of Times Square. The album series will kick off with Patti LuPone and Andrea McArdle's recordings to be released on December 11th, 2012 and Norbert Leo Butz's recording due on January 15th, 2013. Patti LuPone's album will be produced by six-time Grammy nominee, Robert Sher, who previously worked with Patti on the Gypsy 2008 Broadway Cast Recording. The Andrea McArdle and Norbert Leo Butz albums will be produced by Aaron Ankrum, who worked with Broadway Records on Laura Osnes' "Dream A Little Dream" album. All three albums will be executive produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard, of The Broadway Consortium, and Ken Mahoney.
Patti LuPone Far Away Places - Live at 54 BELOW (recorded summer 2012)
Andrea McArdle 70s and Sunny - Live at 54 BELOW (recorded July 2012)
Norbert Leo Butz Live at 54 BELOW (recorded August 2012)
"We are thrilled to be partnering with 54 BELOW on this exciting new live album series," stated Van Dean, co-founder of Broadway Records. "We believe 54 BELOW has been, and will continue to be, host to a multitude of legendary concerts featuring Broadway's brightest stars and this is an opportunity to capture these performances permanently for the fans."
54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. Frankel said, "My partners and I are happy to add the live recording component to our 54 BELOW activities. It is exciting that some of the great performances will be available to audiences world wide."
The three albums are available for pre-order at Amazon.com: Patti LuPone at http://amzn.com/B009OYOVLW, Norbert Leo Butz at http://amzn.com/B009OZ7EG0 and Andrea McArdle at http://amzn.com/B009OYOVKS. This series will continue with releases from other current and forthcoming 54 BELOW artists representing the top names on Broadway.
54 BELOW is located at 254 W. 54th Street. Tickets and additional information are available at www.54Below.com.
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