This CD began shortly after Debra learned that she was pregnant, as an expecting mother’s gift to her kids. It grew (as did she) into a bigger, greater project. The working title was So Many People. Not only is the Sondheim song lovely, but 7 songs were recording as Debra’s twins (!) tapped their toes in her womb. So many people indeed. The project was temporarily halted because she was too pregnant to make it up the stairs to the studio.
This collection of 14 songs (17 actually) features some of the best contemporary composers & lyricists writing today. Stephen Sondheim, John Kander, William Finn, Stephen Schwartz, Randy Newman, Jason Robert Brown, Alan Menken, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Lynn Ahrens. Two very special new songs are included. “I Want to Live Out Loud” was written by cabaret staple and luscious baritone, Todd Murray. This inspirational song is an 11 o’clock number to rival any of them.
“Driving My Own Heart” was written for this cd by Rayme Sciaroni (Naked Boys Singing, The Daddy Machine.) It is a great opportunity to highlight such an exceptionally talented composer and pianist. So many brilliant people. So many great songs. So many great moments. And from now on, she’s driving her own heart.
ONE OF THE BOYS
DRIVING MY OWN HEART
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1) ONE OF THE BOYS (John Kander & Fred Ebb)
2) I WON’T MIND (Jeff Blumenkrantz, Annie Kessler, Libby Saines)
3) ANYTIME (William Finn)
4) BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS (Alan Menken & Glenn Slater)
5) SO MANY PEOPLE (Stephen Sondheim)
6) WONDERFUL (Grant Sturiale & Barry Harman)
7) WHERE IS THE WARMTH? (Stephen Schwartz)
8) SUMMER IN OHIO (Jason Robert Brown)
9) WHY CAN’T I FORGET? (Jeffrey D. Harris, Judy Barron)
10) THE LIFE I NEVER LED (Alan Menken & Glenn Slater)
11) HOME: There’s a Place Called Home (Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens), Home (Charlie Smalls), Feels Like Home (Randy Newman)
12) SOMEONE THAT I USED TO LOVE (Michael Masser & Gerry Goffin) /HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING? (Michael Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman)
13) DRIVING MY OWN HEART (Rayme Sciaroni)
14) I WANT TO LIVE OUT LOUD (Todd Murray)
You can purchase Debra’s CD, Driving My Own Heart on Paypal, iTunes and Amazon. A stirring completion of lesser-known Broadway and Pop songs. Including some original songs from Rayme Sciaroni & Todd Murray.
“Debra is a smart and entertaining singer-actor. Heartbreaking one moment, silly, witty and fun the next.” -Victoria Clark
“A beautiful, clean pop theater voice!”- Nita Whitaker
“Debra Wanger is a vigorous gal who really knows how to make a song sing.” -Pat Launer
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