Dee Snider will release his new studio album, 'Dee Does Broadway' on May 8th on Razor And Tie.
The album features Dee's rock n' roll take on several Broadway classics and will coincide with the release of his first ever autobiography, 'Shut Up And Give Me The Mic' (Gallery Books) on May 8th.
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'Dee Does Broadway' features several special guest stars, including Broadway and television icon Bebe Neuwirth on the Damn Yankees song 'Whatever Lola Wants', Broadway legend Patti LuPone on a West Side Story Medley 'Tonight/Somewhere', pop icon Cyndi Lauper on Sweet Charity's 'Big Spender', Clay Aiken of 'American Idol' on the Guys And Dolls classic 'Luck Be A Lady Tonight', the stars of the Broadway hit musical 'Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert' (Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon, and Nick Adams) on South Pacific's 'There Is Nothin' Like A Dame', Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra playing violin on the 'Phantom Of The Opera' ballad 'Music Of The Night', as well a special rendition of 'The Joint Is Jumpin'' from 'Ain't Misbehavin'' with Dee's oldest son, Jesse 'Blaze' Snider.
Songs are also featured from classic Broadway shows including 'Cabaret', 'Chicago', 'The Threepenny Opera', 'Anything Goes', and 'Sweeney Todd'.
'Dee Does Broadway' was spawned from a number of voicemails exchanged featuring Broadway tunes sung as messages between Dee Snider and Alice Cooper in 2009 and Dee's 2010 Broadway run in rock musical 'Rock Of Ages'. Dee enlisted producers Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen, who Dee worked with on the Metalized Frank Sinatra tribute called 'Sin-atra'.
The album was mixed by the legendary Ric Wake and Gustavo Celis, and features the incredible orchestrations and playing by the renowned composer/arranger Doug Katsaros and the bass guitar playing of one of rock's prolific players, the legendary Rudy Sarzo.
Dee Snider explains the process: "Over the past year I have worked closely with my team and collaborators picking from decades of musical hits with only two rules: The song had to speak to me as a singer on some level, and it could not be a rock song to begin with. No 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Grease', 'Hair', 'Rent', 'Rocky Horror', etc. What would be the challenge in that?"
He continues: "There are many who think doing an album of rocked out show tunes is pure insanity on my part. Apparently, they haven't seen any photos of me from the 70s and 80s. Could I have been in a more theatrical band? Ever since I was a kid, I'd heard the real power inherent in a lot of songs from musicals and this record gives me the chance to show it."
It may not be Metal but it definitely rocks!
Listen To the track 'Cabaret' from 'Dee Does Broadway'...
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