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Lance Horne, the Emmy Award winning composer, musician, vocalist, and producer just released his long-awaited debut recording “First Things Last” on the Yellow Sound Label. “First Things Last” is one CD you need to add to your collection. Combining pop, rock, theater, and jazz, “First Things Last” features a host of stage and screen stars singing several songs from his upcoming musicals “The $trip” and “The Center.”

With mostly emotionally charged lyrics, Lance knows how to draw a listener in and make them stay with a perfect mixture of lyrics, music, and talented performers. Along the way, Lance intertwines a few comedic songs which helps recharge you for the next wave of emotions that are about to come through.

“American”

Alan Cumming open this CD with a bang on “American.” Using his beautifully skilled vocals, Alan sings with feeling about everything that makes him be an American. Lance’s lyrics and melody combined with Alan’s vocals are entrancing and make you want more.

“In The Name of the Father”

Bryce Ryness continues making “First Things Last” a must have with his rock-style voice being wonderfully matched to “In The Name of The Father,” all about struggling through rough times and eventually rising up to conquer through them.

“Orpheus”

Continuing to ignite this CD is two time Tony-Award Nominee and fellow “Adaubmelle’s Quest” participant Daphne Rubin-Vega singing to her love “Orpheus” from the world beyond, hoping he’ll see her and know how much she loved him. Daphne’s voice perfectly exposes the emotion, passion, and yearning her character in this song is experiencing.

“Leap”

Emma William’s rich vocals shine brightly on “Leap,” a song all about taking chances and pushing through your fears, discovering the strength and courage hidden underneath.

“Strange Bird”

Cheyenne Jackson’s golden voice makes “Strange Bird” a song you could listen to over and over again. The song is about a couple that have split, but remember the strong love and bond they once had, though each are hoping to get over the hurt and move on.

“January”

Between Meow Meow’s sultry voice and Lance’s music, “Janaury” is a sexy jazzy song about a woman trying to move on, but recounting her relationship after her lover leaves.

“Every Moment”

Julie Atherton beautiful voice brings “Every Moment” even more alive as she too struggles through her weak days and strong days in the after-math of breaking up with her boyfriend, remembering “Every Moment” together.

“Haircut”

To help break up the seriousness of the album is none other than former talk-show host Ricki Lake who sings “Haircut,” all about a woman so excited about all aspects of getting a “really good haircut.”

“Last Day On Earth”

Hannah Waddingham’s powerfully strong vocals bring a chill and deep connection to “Last Day On Earth” in which she sings about her character’s final day of being alive.

“Little White Asparagus Blues”

Adding the next wave of comic relief is Lance Horne himself on “Little White Asparagus Blues” which was written for T.R. Knight to sing in the documentary “Asparagus! Stalking The American Life” all about the issues white asparagus have living amongst the dominant green asparagus.

“Anyone Who’s Ever Been In Love”

Alexandra Silber’s luscious vocals bring much emotion to “Anyone Who’s Ever Been In Love” about a woman who longs to be in love, but as she gets older, she finds dating just as hard and daunting as in her younger years.

“Hurry Up And Take Your Time”

Lea Delaria brings her expert jazz vocals to “Hurry Up And Take Your Time,” about a woman trying to lure her lover away from her current flame and be with her.

“6 Hours”

Paul Spicer’s enjoyable voice makes “6 Hours,” how long you wish you had to listen to him, though one could listen longer. “6 Hours” tells the tale of a guy who has 6 hours to make the girl he meets on an airplane to fall in love with him.

“The Little Prince”

The final comedic song, “The Little Prince” is sung by Amanda Palmer, former front woman and keyboardist of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret band The Dresden Dolls. A cute song about how she hates “The Little Prince.”

“Tell Me The Truth”

Aneurin Barnard closes “First Things Last” with “Tell Me The Truth” about a man wondering when love will find him. Aneurin’s soothing voice helps bring the out the emotion and universally relatable topic most everyone wonders about.

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This contest is now over and Congratulations go out to Annie! Tune in next week for another edition of “Win It Wednesday” because you never know, the winner just might be you! This week’s edition of “Win It Wednesday” is celebrating Elvis’ life (since Monday 8/16 was the anniversary of his death) by giving away, to one lucky reader at random, a mug to the 2005 production of Broadway’s “All Shook Up” which starred fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Alix Korey, Mark Price, and Anika Larsen, along with Cheyenne Jackson, Jenn Gambatese, Leah Hocking, Sharon Wilkins, Nikki M. James, and Curtis Holbrook. To enter, simply answer the question below. The winner will be announced at 5pm! Good Luck!

If you could cast Elvis in any Broadway show, what show would you cast him in and who would you cast as his leading lady/man?

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If you’re looking for an album to lose yourself in, then I’d suggest picking up Jane Krakowski’s “The Laziest Gal In Town,” recorded at her 2009 Feinstein’s at the Regency cabaret debut. This live recording feels as if you’ve been whisked out of your seat and transported to Feinstein’s at the Regency, one of the most intimate and personable nightclubs in New York City.

With a beautiful voice and controlled belt, Jane knows how to deliver a tune and interact with the audience using her humor, sensuality, and sultriness at just the right moments. “The Laziest Gal In Town,” “I’m Old Fashioned/Old Fashioned Girl,” and “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” allow Jane’s pristine voice to sparkle. Bringing out her more humorous/fun side are the tunes “A Little Brains, A Little Talent,” “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” “When I Get Low I Get High/Wacky Dust,” “Rubber Duckie,” and “Tweet,” a song written specifically for Jane by Scott Whitman and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Marc Shaiman to the tune of “Zip” from “Pal Joey.” Jane sings about the infusion of twitter into everyday life along with announcing the latest celebrity headlines that were taking place during the time of recording. “An Englishman Needs Time,” ¬†“My Handy Man,” and “Thirteen Men” brings out Jane sultriness & sensuality.

Far from being “The Laziest Gal In Town,” Jane has entertained audiences on such hit television shows as “Ally McBeal” and “30 Rock” as well as on stage “Guys and Dolls,” the 2003 Broadway revival of “Nine” (for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Muscial) and at Encores! “Damn Yankees” (which starred Cheyenne Jackson). Now would be the perfect time to expand your love for Jane Krakowski and purchase “The Laziest Gal In Town.” Both relaxing and upbeat, this feel good album is one for your collection.

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I had the distinct pleasure of getting to interview Michael Feinstein this past June after seeing him perform live at Feinstein’s in his show “Cool Swing.” He was genuine, funny, and excited to answer my questions. Known as one of the greatest preservers and interpreters of The American Song Book, Michael Feinstein is a multi-platinium selling recording artist as well as a five-time Grammy Award nominee. He has performed in some of the most prestigious venues around the world such as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. Michael is nationally recognized for his commitment to the American popular song, both celebrating its art and preserving its legacy for the next generation.

Michael’s most recent recordings include “The Sinatra Project” which earned him his fifth Grammy Award Nomination and “The Power of Two” recorded with Broadway’s very own Cheyenne Jackson. His many other recordings include “Remember: Michael Feinstein Sings Irving Berlin,” “Isn’t It Romantic,” “The MGM Album,” “Michael Feinstein Sings The Burton Lane Songbook, Vol. 1,” “Michael Feinstein Sings The Jule Styne Songbook,” “Pure Imagination,” “Michael Feinstein Sings The Burton Lane Songbook, Vol. II,” “Michael Feinstein Sings The Jerry Herman Songbook,” “Forever,” “Michael Feinstein Sings The Hugh Martin Songbook,” “Such Sweet Sorrow,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It: Songs By The Gershwins,” “Michael & George: Feinstein Sings Gershwin,” “Big City Rhythms,” “Romance on Film, Romance on Broadway,” “Michael Feinstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,” “The Michael Feinstein Anthology,” “Livingston And Evans Songbook Featuring Michael Feinstein,” “Only One Life: The Songs of Jimmy Webb,” “Hopeless Romantics Michael Feinstein & George Shearing.”

In addition to being a successful recording artist, Michael has also lent his talents to Broadway. This past spring he starred in the new Broadway Show “All About Me” with Dame Edna and he has written the score for two upcoming stage musicals: “The Night They Saved Macy’s Parade” and “The Gold Room.” He is also currently developing “The Thomas Crown Affair” into a Broadway musical with MGM Onstage.

This October be sure to catch Michael’s new three-part documentary series on PBS entitled “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook” (October 6, 13, and 20). In 2011, Michael will serve as the Artistic Director of the Carmel Performing Arts Center¬† in Carmel, Indiana. This $160 million, three-theatre performing arts center will host an annual international Great American Songbook festival, along with diverse live programming and a museum to house Michael’s rare memorabilia and manuscripts. For much more on Michael, be sure to visit http://www.michaelfeinstein.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My early inspirations were Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Al Jolson, and watching variety television such as Carol Burnett, the corny Mitch Miller Show, the Lawrence Welk Show. When I was a kid, my parents always had these music shows on so I was indoctrinated with the music, fell in love with it, and it became such a part of my life that I wanted to make a living doing it. I didn’t necessarily want to become a performer right off the bat, but I wanted to be involved in music.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Well most of the people I would have liked to work with are dead, but of those that are still alive, I would have liked to work with Doris Day. I asked Doris Day to sing with me 20 years ago and she’s well retired and was very, very sweet, but resistant and that would be a dream because I think she is one of the greatest living vocalists.

2a. Who dead would you have liked to work with? I would have loved to work and collaborate with many of idols such as Ethel Waters, George Gershwin (and been accompanied by him), Oscar Levant, and Fred Astaire. I knew Peggy Lee, but I never got to work with her which would have been great to have done. She was a funny, funny lady.

3. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? That’s a difficult question to answer because early in the morning I’m a basso profundo and I can sing very, very low notes that don’t stay with me during the day. In high school chorus, I was a second tenor and I can sing falsetto up to C’s & D flats, but my range isn’t great. I discovered a lot of singers whose work I admired didn’t necessarily have the biggest range, so I take that as some form of solace.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? It’s funny because most of the dreams I dream about are dreams about old Hollywood, old performers, the old studios, and being part of that, so maybe I had a past life there. Romantically there are probably many movie stars I could dream about, but no one in particular.

5. What’s your proudest moment? I think my proudest moment was buying my parents a house. They had retired and moved to Las Vegas. They had a house and sold it and I persuaded them to come back to California. I was able to buy a house for them near me and that was something that felt wonderful.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can make my eyes change color at will. I can make them change from shades of green to shades of blue back and forth. I asked a opthamologist once if it was possible and he said it wasn’t clinically possible, but he’s seen other people do it.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Sex would be the favorite, I don’t know if it keeps you in shape, but that’s my favorite. Seriously though, the way I do mainly stay in shape is the treadmill with listening to music or watching television. That’s the primary way, even though when I’m in Los Angeles, I love hiking in the hills of Griffith Park it’s very solitary and the air is so crisp.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. I don’t think I’ve ever worn boxers, but now you got me thinking I should try them.

9. Favorite website? I go on IMDB a lot.

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? Phyllis.

BONUS QUESTION:

11. Favorite hobby? I love going to flea markets. I love archiving music. I love taking old ’78s and ’33s and digitizing them and preserving them.

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Current performers include: fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Scott Alan, Tituss Burgess, Gavin Creel, Bobby Cronin, Jonathan Reid Gealt (upcoming), Eric Michael Krop, Kate Pazakis, and Katie Thompson, as well as Judy Garland, Audra McDonald, Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, Bernadette Peters, Patrick Wilson, Seth Rudetsky, “Broadway Boys,” Cheyenne Jackson, Marty Thomas, Tony Yazbeck, Adam Lambert, Danny Calvert, Stephanie J. Block, Shoshana Bean, and Nick Adams.

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Finian's RainbowIf you’re looking for an old-fashioned feel-good musical then you should get yourself over to the St. James Theatre in NYC to see the Broadway revival of “Finian’s Rainbow.” “Finian’s Rainbow” tells the story of a charming Irish dreamer and his stubborn daughter and the host of complications that arise as they make way in their newly adopted land. It stars Kate Baldwin, who shines & sings her way beautifully, as “Sharon McLonergan.” Cheyenne Jackson, plays “Woody Mahoney,” who finesse’s his way into “Sharon’s” life with his charm, while his big tenor voice captivates the audience. Interjected throughout is Christopher Fitzgerald shimmering his comedic genius as “Og,” the Leprechaun. So “Look to the Rainbow” & treat yourself to an evening of enchantment at “Finian’s Rainbow.”

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Lance HorneDaphne Rubin-VegaDon’t forget to catch Daphne Rubin-Vega (“Adaumbelle’s Quest” Participant) at Joe’s Pub in NYC this Friday, September 18 at 9:30pm as part of “Lance Horne & The Smart Set”. Also scheduled to appear are Cheyenne Jackson, Michael Urie, Alan Cumming, & Lea Delaria. This will be a great night with wonderful musicians! Go see it, if you can!

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