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Call Him Old-Fashioned: Max von Essen to Release CD of Broadway Standards on April 5

Wednesday Mar 13, 2019

Tony Award nominated leading man, Max von Essen, is announcing the April 5th 2019 release of his debut solo recording, "Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard," on LML Music.

The recording embraces von Essen's love of the golden age of Broadway and the American Songbook with thirteen tracks including songs and medleys from composers George and Ira Gershwin, Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Irving Berlin, and more. Von Essen, whose performance as Henri Baurel in the Broadway production of "An American in Paris" earned him a Tony nomination, teamed with pianist/arranger Billy Stritch to co-produce "Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard." Stritch leads a trio which includes Steve Doyle on Bass and Daniel Glass on Drums. Cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf appears on two tracks.

"I've been dreaming of recording an album for years and I've thought, what do I want to say, what music am I meant to sing? Then I realized I'll always be that Gershwin-loving kid who somehow made his way to the Palace Theater to star in 'An American in Paris,' and it all began to fall into place. I've always been in love with an era long past, the Great American songbook and movie musicals, and this album is a tribute to that passion. I couldn't be more thrilled!" said von Essen.

von Essen recently completed his run on Broadway in "Anastasia" as Gleb Vaganov, and is now starring on the tour of The Lincoln Center Theater Production of "Falsettos." He became widely known to Broadway audiences as Henri Baurel in the Tony Award winning production of "An American in Paris," a role which earned him nominations for the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Grammy Awards. Other Broadway credits include "Evita," the revivals of "Les Misérables" and "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Dance of the Vampires," and the closing company of the original "Les Misérables." Additional New York credits include "Yours Unfaithfully" for the Mint Theater, "Death Takes a Holiday" for the Roundabout Theater Company, "The Jerry Springer Opera" at Carnegie Hall, "Hello Again" (Drama League nomination) for The Transport Group, "Finian's Rainbow" for the Irish Repertory Theater and many others. Tours include "Xanadu," "Chicago" and "West Side Story."

von Essen's concert work is in high demand, taking him all over the country, including The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, where he'll be headlining with the New York Pops in January 2020. He recently made his solo debut in a sold-out run at the famed Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. His theater discography includes "An American in Paris," "Evita," "Death Takes a Holiday," "Finian's Rainbow," "Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber," and "Broadway by the Year: 1928."

Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scenes. He began his career in Houston, Texas, where he formed the vocal trio Montgomery, Plant and Stritch. The popular group performed from 1983 until they disbanded in 1990. A chance meeting with Liza Minnelli in March of 1991 resulted in her asking Stritch to create vocal arrangements for the record-breaking extravaganza, Liza Stepping Out at Radio City. In addition to his 25-year collaboration with Minnelli, Stritch recently toured with the legendary Tony Bennett as Bennett's pianist and musical director. A solo entertainer in his own right, Stritch has presented shows (including tributes to Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman) in concert halls and nightclubs across the country. He serves as music director for such leading vocalists as Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, Paulo Szot and Marilyn Maye. Stritch is the co-writer of the iconic Grammy-winning song "Does He Love You" recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. When he's not on the road, Stritch is the pianist for Jim Caruso's Cast Party every Monday at New York's legendary Birdland Jazz Club and he and Caruso hold forth on Sunday nights at Bemelmans Bar in Manhattan's fabled Carlyle Hotel.

LML Music is an independent record label founded in 1995 by Executive Producer, Lee Lessack. Artists who make their home at LML include: Lea Salonga, Stephen Schwartz, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lucie Arnaz, Amanda McBroom, Steve Ross, Linda Purl, Tom Wopat, David Burnham and Max von Essen.

"Call Me Old Fashioned" can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com, and will be available as of April 5th 2019 on iTunes, Spotify, LML Music, MaxvonEssen.com and all major online retailers.

For more information about Max von Essen, visit his website.


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