On May 8, 2012, Over The Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project will release a collection of 26 original lullabies, written and performed by some of Broadway’s biggest stars, and a 48-page children’s book and ebook illustrated by America’s best-loved artists. The project benefits breast cancer research, support, and education.
Here’s Nikki M. James, a Tony-award winning star of the smash musical The Book of Mormon, singing “All New,” (music by Marisa Michaelson, lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen). This original lullaby features Fred Hersch on piano and Dave Eggar on cello.
Here’s the video for your viewing and posting pleasure:http://youtu.be/gE2Ur2Yhxi0
Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project is both a timeless benefit effort and a uniquely compelling multimedia experience. The ambitious project—which incorporates a 2-CD, 26-song set; a lavishly illustrated hardcover book of 17 songs from the album; a corresponding e-book encompassing the entire collection; and a documentary film and web series —gathers many of contemporary musical theatre's greatest composers and vocalists, as well as illustrators, all of whom have donated their talent to deliver an emotionally affecting set of new lullabies, many written specifically for this project.
Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project's roster of world-class vocalists features some of Broadway's most respected and popular performers and friends, including Anastasia Barzee, Stephanie Bast, Michael Cerveris, Walter Charles,Victoria Clark, Jed Cohen, Janet Dacal, Kate Dawson, Raul Esparza, Sutton Foster, Brian d'Arcy James, Kelli O'Hara, Marva Hicks, Dana Ivey, Nikki M. James, Luke Kolbe Mannikus, Marc Kudisch, Judy Kuhn, Rebecca Luker, Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, Christiane Noll, Laura Osnes, Anika Noni Rose, Caesar Samayoa, Will Swenson, and Vanessa Williams.
Meanwhile, the project's book component also features a distinctive cover illustration by fabled cartoonist/playwright Jules Feiffer, along with a foreword written by stage and screen legend Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. Among the award-winning illustrators lending their talents are Selina Alko, Lynne Avril, Paulette Bogan, Beowulf Boritt, Lauren Castillo, R. Gregory Christie, Seymour Chwast, Jane Dyer, Richard Egielski, Daniel Glucksman, Julia Gran, Ying-Hwa Hu, Genevieve LeRoy-Walton, Betsy Lewin, Anna Louizos, Victor Mays, Emily Arnold McCully, Wendell Minor, Barry Moser, Jon J Muth, Sean Qualls, Peter H. Reynolds, Marc Simont, Javaka Steptoe, Melissa Sweet, Cornelius Van Wright, Neil Waldman, Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, Tony Walton, Gary Zamchick, and Paul O. Zelinsky.
The project has been documented in the form of a short film and web series that tells the story of The Broadway Lullaby Project from conception to completion. Through interviews and rare behind-the-scenes footage, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentarian Barbara Rick and Out of The Blue Films, Inc. chronicle the inspiration, rehearsals, recording sessions, and artistic processes of many of Broadway’s brightest stars, world-renowned jazz musicians, and our most-loved illustrators—all united to combat breast cancer through the comfort and beauty of music and art.
Listening to Over The Moon on CD was so incredibly soothing and peaceful, just as a lullaby CD ought to be. The flow of the 26 songs was just lovely, and I love that there is a little something for all music fans. My favorite tracks include Vanessa Williams as she sings "A Lullaby for Midnight" and "Winding Down to Sleep (Lullaby with no words) by Luke Kolbe Mannikus. The illustrations in the accompanying book of the same title are stunning and each page gives you a different style of illustration. I love that the lyrics of 17 songs are included in the book, especially the two that I mentioned earlier in this review.
Over The Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project CD and book is the perfect gift idea for the music lover in your life and their children. A great idea for a new baby gift or even a first birthday gift. Also, I love that the project gives back to Breast Cancer research, a cause that is close to my heart.
I highly recommend this book and CD and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Over The Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project online here!
***I received a complimentary set of the above, courtesy of Missing Piece Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***