PODCAST: Maria Friedman celebrates The Great British Songbook

The three-time Olivier Award-winning actress discusses her new album for Sepia Records

3 February 2009

Kander and EbbOn 13 April, Maria Friedman will release her first completely new studio album in over a decade. Entitled Maria Friedman Celebrates The Great British Songbook, the CD contains a wide mix of music written by British composers, including everything from Purcell to The Beatles, from Anthony Newley to Petula Clark, and from Gilbert O'Sullivan to the 'Songs that Won the War'.

The album also marks the first original recording from Sepia Records, the label that has made a name for itself as the finest source of 'public domain' releases in the UK.

Mary Friedman's stage credits include Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George, Sweeney Todd and Passion; the original London productions of Ragtime, The Woman in White and The Witches of Eastwick; the recent revival of The King and I; and Lady in the Dark at the National Theatre. She is also known for her cabaret and concert appearances, including Cameron Mackintosh's Hey, Mr Producer! and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 60th birthday concert.

On 14 March, Friedman will be appearing in a special Rodgers and Hammerstein concert at the Barbican, followed by a Sondheim celebration at Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic on 3 April. She'll be returning to Cadogan in the summer for two nights of her cabaret-style Sondheim evening with Jason Carr, and will also be participating in excerpts from Sweeney Todd in a special 80th birthday Prom for Sondheim at the Royal Albert Hall.

In anticipation of the album's release, Friedman got together with MusicalCriticism.com's Editor Dominic McHugh to discuss the thinking behind the album and explain why the song choices are particularly personal to her.

To listen to the podcast, click below:

Maria Friedman's Great British Songbook album features all-new arrangements by Tony Award-nominee Jason Carr, whose recent credits include the revivals of Sunday in the Park with George and La Cage aux folles, both of which originated at the Menier Chocolate Factory and have transferred into the West End and then Broadway.

The album is based on a critically-acclaimed concert series that originated at London's Shaw Theatre in February 2009, and is in part an 'original cast album' to document that programme.

Maria Friedman will be making a special appearance at London's Dress Circle on 10 April 2010 at 1pm to sign copies of the new CD, which will be available at the special price of £10.99 (RRP £12.99).

Complete Tracklisting:

Opening Medley: Spread A Little Happiness/Smile/If I Ruled The World
I Sit In The Sun
Georgy Girl/Downtown
As If We Never Said Goodbye
Alone Again Naturally
The Boy In The Gallery/Mad About The Boy
Norwegian Wood/Eleanor Rigby
A Garden
Nina
If Love Were All
War Medley: Part 1: It's A Long Way To Tipperary/Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts For Soldiers
Part 2: The White Cliffs Of Dover/Dido's Lament
What Kind Of Fool Am I
Maria Friedman Celebrates The Great British SongbookWe'll Meet Again
Diamonds Are Forever (Bonus Hidden Track)

Sepia Records's website: www.sepiarecords.com

Dress Circle's website: www.dresscircle.co.uk

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