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Jazz 12/10/2012

Broadway Records And 54 BELOW To Partner On New Live Album Series (LuPone, Butz, McArdle)

Broadway Records And 54 BELOW To Partner On New Live Album Series (LuPone, Butz, McArdle)

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ CineMedia Promotions) 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

Patti LuPone at
Norbert Leo Butz at
and Andrea McArdle at

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

PATTI LuPONE, author of the NY Times best-selling autobiography, Patti LuPone: A Memoir, returns to Broadway this fall, co-starring with Debra Winger, in David Mamet's new play The Anarchist. STAGE: New York - An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, The Seven Deadly Sins ( NY City Ballet), Joanne in Company (NY Philharmonic), Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards), John Doyle's production of Sweeney Todd, Passion, Candide, Can Can, Noises Off, Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic) , The Old Neighborhood, Master Class, Patti LuPone on Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award), Pal Joey, Anything Goes, Oliver!, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, The Woods, Edmond, The Cradle Will Rock, Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Working, The Water Engine, The Robber Bridegroom (Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations). London - Matters of the Heart, Master Class, Sunset Boulevard (Olivier Award nomination) and Les Miserables (RSC world premiere production) & The Cradle Will Rock (Olivier Award for both productions). OPERA: Jake Heggie's To Hell and Back for San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny for the Los Angeles Opera (debut) and Regina (The Kennedy Center). FILM: City By The Sea, David Mamet's Heist and State and Main, Just Looking, Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy, Witness. TV: "Ugly Betty," "Will & Grace "Passion," & "Sweeney Todd, "Oz," "Monday Night Mayhem," "Evening At the Pops" with John Williams and Yo Yo Ma, "Frasier" (Emmy nomination), "Law & Order," "The Water Engine," "L.B. J" and "Life Goes On." Recordings: Patti LuPone Live, Heatwave with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pal Joey, Matters of the Heart, Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic), the 2006 and 2008 Broadway cast recordings of Sweeney Todd and Gypsy, The Lady With The Torch, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches. Founding member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and of John Houseman's The Acting Company.

NORBERT LEO BUTZ Broadway: Catch Me If You Can (2011 Tony Award, Drama Desk winner, Best Actor in a Musical), Astaire Award winner, Outer Critics nomination, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire Awards, Drama League Award winner, Best Actor in a Musical), Enron, Speed-the-Plow, Is He Dead?, Wicked (original Cast, Fiyero), Thou Shalt Not (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), Rent (original cast, Broadway debut). Off-Broadway: How I Learned To Drive, Fifty Words, Buicks (Drama Desk nomination), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations, Drama League Award), Juno and the Paycock (Roundabout), Saved (TFANA). National Tour: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cabaret (Helen Hayes Award, Jefferson, Dora and Ovation Awards). Regional: Catch Me If You Can (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle), Alabama Shakespeare Festival (four seasons), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Film: Better Living Through Chemistry (2012) The English Teacher (2012) Greetings from Tim Buckley (2012), Disconnect (2012), Higher Ground (Sundance Film Festival 2011), Fair Game, Dan in Real Life. Television: Series: "The Deep End (ABC), Pilots: "County"(NBC) "The Miraculous Year (HBO),"Playing Chicken" (FOX), Mini-Series: "Comanche Moon" (CBS), Guest-Star: "Blue Bloods" (NBC), "The Good Wife" (CBS) "CSI" (CBS), "Law&Order-Criminal Intent" (NBC). BFA, Webster University; MFA, Alabama Shakespeare Theatre.

ANDREA McARDLE first captured the hearts of theatergoers in 1977 when she originated the title role in the mega-musical hit Broadway musical ANNIE, based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. Since then, she has starred in several Broadway musicals as well playing many leading roles on stages the world over. Andrea has brought her award-winning vocal talents to national and international concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Las Vegas Hilton to the Hong Kong Philharmonic as well as several remarkable television appearances through the years. Ms. McArdle has sung for each American President from Gerald Ford to Bill Clinton. She honed her craft by working with some of the legends of the entertainment industry such as Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Stephen Schwartz, Tim Rice, Trisha Yearwood and Elton John to name just a few. As Annie she became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She also received the Theater World and Outer Critics' Circle Awards for the girl with the red hair and big voice. She subsequently conquered London with her portrayal of Little Orphan Annie in the West End. Andrea was then tapped to portray Judy Garland in the acclaimed NBC television movie "Rainbow". She appeared in the 1999 Rob Marshall-directed TV version of "Annie", singing the "Star To Be" segment of the song "N.Y.C." The stage has continued to welcome Andrea "home" throughout the years, she starred in the Jerry Herman musical Jerry's Girls alongside Carol Channing and Leslie Uggams as herself; as Fantine in the original Broadway run of Les Miserables; as the sassy Smoking Car, Ashley, in the original Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express; as Belle in Broadway's Beauty And The Beast and as the original Margy Frake in Broadway's State Fair. Andrea was lauded for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in both the US National and International tours of the Tony Award winning revival of Cabaret and also toured as Eponine in Les Miserables. Other notable roles include: Mrs. Johnston in Blood Brothers; Eva Peron, in Evita; Nancy in Oliver; Sandy in Grease; the Narrator in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Miss Hannigan in Annie; Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Rose in Gypsy; Esther (the Judy Garland role) in Meet Me In St Louis; Sonia in They're Playing Our Song; as Peter Pan and appeared as herself in Off-Broadway's The Vagina Monologues. Andrea is a much in demand vocalist and has performed in the showrooms of many of the Las Vegas and Atlantic City's top hotels and casinos, and in cabarets and nightclubs such as New York City's renowned Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre, Feinstein's at the Regency Hotel, among many others. She can be heard on the Grammy Winning, Platinum selling Original Broadway Cast recording of Annie, as well as the cast recordings of Jerry's Girls, State Fair, the television soundtrack of Rob Marshall's "Annie", as well as her own solo CD titled "Andrea McArdle: On Broadway". Andrea McArdle recently won a 2011 NYMF award for Outstanding Individual Performance for her role in Greenwood The Musical.

BROADWAY RECORDS is a new label dedicated to Broadway and Off Broadway-related recordings and is a division of the theatrical production and investment company, The Broadway Consortium. The Broadway Consortium (winner of Best Revival of a Musical Tony® Award in 2012) was co-founded by Van Dean and Kenny Howard. Broadway Records releases include the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of Bonnie & Clyde and Lysistrata Jones, "Nick Jonas: Songs from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" and "Laura Osnes: Dream A Little Dream - Live at the Café Carlyle". The Broadway Consortium's Broadway producing credits include Chinglish, Bonnie & Clyde, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and Evita (2012). West End: Master Class (2012). Together, Kenny and Van executive produced the Grammy® nominated 2011 Broadway Cast Recording of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette. The general counsel for Broadway Records and The Broadway Consortium is Barry Miller.

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