Colleen McHugh | Songs of Self-Delusion

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Songs of Self-Delusion

by Colleen McHugh

As hilarious as it is heartbreaking: powerhouse vocals, original comedy, and classic ballads - featuring songs from Amanda McBroom, Harold Arlen, Randy Newman, Jerry Herman, Jill Sobule, Marcy & Zina, Susan Werner and more.
Genre: Easy Listening: Crooners/Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dreaming
3:44 $0.99
2. Fun to Be Fooled
3:06 $0.99
3. Talk to Me Baby / Lies of Handsome Men
6:10 $0.99
4. The Last Song
3:13 $0.99
5. There's a Fine, Fine Line
4:01 $0.99
6. Break It to Me Gently
3:41 $0.99
7. You Wouldn't Do That to Me
3:20 $0.99
8. I Wish I Were in Love Again
3:06 $0.99
9. Pretending to Be in Paris
2:30 $0.99
10. Movie of My Life
2:50 $0.99
11. Mexican Wrestler
4:23 $0.99
12. Better Off Dead
5:02 $0.99
13. I Don't Want to Know
4:20 $0.99
14. Make Your Own Party
2:56 $0.99
15. Free Again (Non, C'est Rien) / I Will Survive
4:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Colleen McHugh is a singer, writer, actor and comic. Since leaving her post at Second City's National Touring Company and moving to New York in 2003, she has appeared in several comedy sketches on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," and made her Carnegie Hall debut as a Special Guest Artist in Michael Feinstein's "Now and Then" concert series. Songs of Self-Delusion is Colleen's debut CD release.

She has been a featured performer in the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret Conventions every year since 2001, performing at New York's Town Hall, Chicago's Palmer House Empire Room and Park West, Philadelphia's Harold Prince Theater and East Hampton's Guild Hall, and is scheduled to make her "Jazz at Lincoln Center"/Rose Hall debut in October 2005 in the Mercer Foundation's Tribute to Jerry Herman.

BACKSTAGE described Colleen McHugh as "a serious singer, whose ballads are made even more effective due to her show's light moments and her buoyant personality." THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE deemed Songs of Self-Delusion "as original as it is meaningful." CABARET SCENES noted that Colleen's performance "ranged from standards to recent works of our contemporary songwriters, managing to delight virtually everyone in the audience, no matter where their preferences might lie."

Colleen was a Fellow in the prestigious Cabaret Symposium at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in 2000, as well as for famed Broadway musical director Paul Gemignani's summer Musical Theater Workshop at the Manhattan School of Music in 2004. She also studied song interpretation in New York City with Betty Buckley. She continues to perform cabaret and improvisation in New York.

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Gregory Van Acker

Beautiful singing in addition to everything else wonderful!
She sings beautifully. Yes, she's hysterically funny. Yes, she's charming and blessed with brilliant comic timing. Yes, she makes meaningful statements without choking her listeners with preachy stuff. If all that's not enough for you, she also has a beautiful singing voice. She sings with marvelous control, crisp diction, and an absoloute affection for the words. This CD is a delight from start to belty finish. "Mexican Wrestler" is my favorite track because she doesn't play the jokes up, but rather lets them roll off of her tongue, giving you the choice to laugh or not to laugh (I laughed). This same track also managed to make me have an emotional reaction, something that pleasantly surprised me! I also loved her Disney Land monologue, and "I Don't Want To Know". A wonderful theme for a solo show. A wonderful solo artist for a theme!

Betty Kruszka

You listened to it how many times in a row?
Not since I played my Carly Simon album 14 times in a row back in high school can I remember playing a CD more than once in a 24 hour span. (Except the time my Phantom of the Opera soundtrack got stuck in the car CD player but that's another story.) Now, with my 48 year old tail between my legs, I have to confess I listened to Colleen's CD 4 times within 24 hours. Now I can see how you may be worried that this occurred because I have been in a horrible accident and my body cast makes it impossible to shut the player off if the nurse leaves it running, but truth be known, I just liked it that much. But here's the real kicker, I had my two teenage sons (who are extremely cool) come in and listen to my two favorite songs (Movie of My Life and Mexican Wrestler). And I kid you not, they both laughed out loud! But the most incredible part to me is Colleen's voice ... pure, clean, irristably listenable! Perfect!