Acclaimed Singer/Actress Anastasia Barzee Releases First Solo Album, prepares Concert

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Anastasia Barzee

Television and Broadway star, Anastasia Barzee has released her first solo album titled, “The Dimming of the Day.”  Produced by Grammy Award nominated Matt Pierson and Arranged by multi Grammy Award-winner Gil Goldstein, the album was released September 27th on Ghostlight Records.  Barzee’s sophisticated, sweeping CD re-imagines an eclectic range of Broadway, pop and jazz-infused songs, and showcases a diverse array of her favorite contemporary artists. The recording includes songs by Paul Simon, Rufus Wainwright, Randy Newman, Kate Bush, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more.

“Anastasia Barzee is one of a kind, and The Dimming of the Day is not to be missed,” (Wildy’s World).

Barzee is best known for her critically acclaimed work in the Tony Award winning revival of Henry IV (2003) opposite Kevin Kline, the West End production of Napolean directed by Francesca Zambello and the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration production of Merrily We Roll Along.  Other production credits include the Tony Award winning musical Urinetown as Hope, Jekyll and Hyde as Emma, Miss Saigon as the American wife Ellen and the musical White Christmas directed by Walter Bobbie as Betty Haynes, a role in which she created.

Barzee, a Florida native, earned a BM in Musical Theatre at the Frost School of Music at the  University of Miami.  While in college, Barzee played with dozens of bands around the city before graduating and pursuing a career as an actress. She landed her first professional acting job on stage in a production of Anything Goes directed and choreographed by the late Tony Stevens at the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre in Florida.  In 2004, following her performance in Henry IV, Barzee took a break to become a mother giving birth to her two beautiful boys. She now feels it is time to begin the next chapter of her career by returning to her roots: singing.  She says, “Making this album has been the most creatively satisfying experience of my life.”

David Hurst of Next Magazine proclaims, “The lovely Anastasia Barzee’s debut disc is a fascinating melange of song choices and arrangements.” Album highlights include the Richard Johnson title track, reinterpreted as a duet with two time Tony nominated Brian D’Arcy James (Shrek, Sweet Smell of Success) and on “Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known” (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black) listeners are treated to accordion accompaniment by none other than Gil Goldstein!  ”All I know” by Jimmy Webb is given a soaring “Country” treatment, and multiple tracks take on a jazz vibe thanks to Steve Wilson’s soulful saxophone contributions.  Ben Brantley of the New York Times has stated, “Ms. Barzee has a pure-lined, heartfelt way with a song,” and John Patrick Shanley describes Barzee’s musicality in the liner notes as, “soulful silver peregrinations [that] go wandering through the overgrown landscapes of love and regret.”

“I wanted to sing songs I have a real connection to. Songs that have moved me – made me think about loss, regret, abandonment and ultimately finding joy. Essentially, tell the story of what love really is – with all its pain and promise,” Barzee states. She goes on to say, “These are songs I could not have truly understood in my twenties.  I also wanted  my album to be musically interesting.  I didn’t want ordinary arrangements of songs we’ve all heard a million times. I wanted to look at the music fresh.”

On Sunday, October 16th, Barzee will perform the songs from her album live at a CD release concert at The Metropolitan Room in NYC. The event will begin at 7pm and include numerous special guest appearances, including the legendary Gil Goldstein.  The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10010.  For more information or to buy tickets call 212-206-0440 or visit metropolitanroom.com.

 

To listen to selections from the album go to: AnastasiaBarzee.com

 

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Below are the track listings for Anastasia Barzee’s “The Dimming of the Day”

1. The Man with the Child in His Eyes (Kate Bush)

2. Summer Me, Winter Me (Bergman/Bergman/LeGrand)

3. Lilac wine (James Shelton)

4. Dinner at Eight (Rufus Wainwright)

5. The Dimming of the Day (Richard Thompson)

6. Company (Jones/Johnson

7. American Tune (Paul Simon)

8. Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known (Black/Lloyd Webber)

9. Feels Like Home (Randy Newman)

10. Don’t Go to Strangers (Kent/Mann/Evans)

11. All I Know (Jimmy Webb)

12. Terrible Things (April Smith)

13. April Moon (Robert Lee/Leon Ko) (bonus)