"I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing"

December 31, 2010
Tony-nominated Composer Jeff Blumenkrantz saw Goodspeed’s “City of Angels” and was inspired to bring in some Angel City 4/Marquee Five members (Sierra and Mick Bleyer), plus Broadway alum Gaelen Gilliland, into his studio to record his own jazzy (and raucously funny) Christmas piece. Part of “The Jeff Blumenkrantz Songbook Podcast” series.

Happy Almost New Year! We have one day more of 2011 to pontificate about the last year and also think about the year ahead.  Regardless of how *those* thoughts turn out, I’m thrilled to have an exciting last blog entry! Many people know Jeff Bumenkrantz, Tony-nominated composer whose unique, funny, and emotional music has been sung by Broadway alum.  His “The Jeff Blumenkrantz Songbook Podcast” can be found on iTunes and downloaded for free – there you can find his work sung by amazing performers, including Sutton Foster, Nancy Anderson, Rebecca Lukor, Liz Callaway, Mary Testa, Megan Mullally, Michael McElroy, Judy Kuhn and Peter Sachon. So, I was thrilled to be invited (along with Mick Bleyer of Marquee Five/ Goodspeed’s City of Angels and Gaelen Gilliland of Wicked and Legally Blonde) to sing some great harmony in the Christmas spirit…and get to swear in a not-so-festive way as well (this episode is Rated PG-13, folks, so hide the kids!).  This is the 7th episode in his “Month Upon a Time” song cycle series, although (how he puts it): “…it will ultimately serve as the 12th song in the final song cycle. So I was thinking I should give it some kind of big finale.”  Thus, I am excited to be a part of his big finale!

Read his background on the project and the genesis for this song here, and listen to the podcast MP3 here.  Be sure to subscribe to, download, and listen to The Jeff Blumenkrantz Songbook Podcast via iTunes, and if you enjoy any of his work and wish to purchase his songbook or sheet music for individual songs (and discover where to find his work as recorded by major stars) you can do so here.

Happy New Year!!!


Clockwise: Gaelen, Sierra, Mick, Jeff