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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New CD, New CD, New CD!

Hello all!

Well, I'm just about ready to burst with excitement - the new CD is due out on Tuesday, November 3rd, and I really can't wait! The CD is a live recording of my Connie Franics tribute show, recorded at the Metropolitan Room in June and July of this year. From its inception, the "Connie Francis project" has been so very special to me, and I'm thrilled to have been able to turn it into a CD. There were so many people involved in making both the show and the CD happen, and I'm so grateful for their collaboration! My director, Lennie Watts; my musical director, Fortune Esposito; all of the fabulous musicians who've played the show; my tireless graphic designer Hector Coris; my wonderful family...and of course, the legendary Connie Francis. It's funny; when I first started working on the show, I approached it the way I normally approach a show - I listened to music, read as much as I could, started working on the structure of the show...but what I wasn't counting on was absolutely falling in love with Connie Francis, both as a singer and as a person. She has the unique ability to absolutely infuse a song with an incredible amount of emotion, more so than any other singer I can think of. At the same time, her voice has a special warmth that just draws the listener in, and makes each song seem like a one-on-one conversation. As a person...well, she's passionate, courageous, and resilient. She's faced some tremendous obstacles in her life and come back every time. When I first saw her in concert this past April, I burst into tears as soon as she entered, because I was just overwhelmed to be in the presence of this amazing woman. Suffice it to say, what started out as a typical project for me has turned into one of the best experiences of my life. I've loved every second of working on my Connie Francis show, as well as the CD, and I'm so very happy to be celebrating the release of the CD next week!

To coincide with the launch of the CD, we've added a brand new section to my website, which has ALL of the details about the "Connie Francis Project," including performance information, a link to buy the CD, pictures, and sound clips! Please stop by and take a look - we're very excited about it! Special thanks to Dimitri Moderbacher, my hardworking webmaster, for getting everything up and running, and again to Hector Coris, my graphic designer, for creating the look of the project. To check out the new area of the site, click here.

Now, besides working on the show and the CD, I've been keeping busy as usual, running around the city to check out the best of NYC nightlife - be sure to check out my weekly Broadway World column for the latest scoop on what I've been seeing!

That's about all for now, folks, but check back for another update soon!