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Diana Sheehan Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook

by Diana Sheehan

Award winning cabaret singer Diana Sheehan sings classic songs by the father of the American musical, Jerome Kern.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Won't Dance / a Fine Romance
2:51 album only
2. How'd You Like to Spoon with Me?/They Didn't Believe Me
2:57 album only
3. You Couldn't Be Cuter
1:43 album only
4. Nobody Else but Me
1:59 album only
5. Bill
3:22 album only
6. I'm Old Fashioned
2:46 album only
7. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
2:07 album only
8. Sure Thing / Don't Ever Leave Me
2:24 album only
9. Long Ago and Far Away / All the Things You Are
3:35 album only
10. I'll Be Hard to Handle
3:00 album only
11. Pick Yourself Up
1:18 album only
12. The Folks Who Live on the Hill
3:41 album only
13. All Through the Day / in Love in Vain
3:25 album only
14. All in Fun
2:37 album only
15. Can I Forget You?/the Last Time I Saw Paris
3:00 album only
16. The Way You Look Tonight
2:07 album only


Album Notes
Award-winning cabaret singer Diana Sheehan celebrates "the father of the American musical" Jerome Kern with this collection of classic songs featuring the lyrics of Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein, Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg, P.G.Wodehouse, Johnny Mercer and Otto Harbach.

Here's what the critics are saying about Diana Sheehan Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook:

"Enthralling-a music lover's dream-elegant, passionate and funny."-The Dallas Morning News

"Sheehan has the audience eating out of the palm of her hand by the end of the first song, and she doesn't let go until the lights go down." -TheaterJones

"If you’ve seen Diana Sheehan’s cabaret performances over the years at WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival and elsewhere, you know she’s utterly entertaining, balancing humor and high drama with ease. Her shows always have a concept: Songs, both well-known and rare, tied together by one person such as a lyricist (Lorenz Hart) or performer (Gertrude Lawrence).

For the latest round, she sings tunes composed by Jerome Kern, used in stage and film musicals in the Tin Pan Alley era and beyond, with lyricists such as Dorothy Fields, P.G. Wodehouse and Otto Harbach. Many of these songs were performed on film, or recorded, by such great mid-20th century interpreters of the American songbook as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee. Kern is of course most revered as part of the team that helped define the American book musical with 1928’s Show Boat. Several of those songs are included in Diana Sheehan Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook.

With musical direction and arrangements by James McQuillen and featuring the backing trio of McQuillen on piano, Sarah Choi on cello and Lincoln Apeland on bass, the album has several smart song medleys, beginning with “I Won’t Dance” and “A Fine Romance.”

Those two blend together beautifully not only because of the rhyme of “dance” and “romance,” but they’re both delightfully infectious. You can hear the smile in Sheehan’s soprano on “I Won’t Dance,” which reminds of my favorite interpretation of that song, by late cabaret great Blossom Dearie. Sheehan’s voice is the opposite of Dearie’s famous whisper, but they both capture the same kind of joie de vivre.

That élan continues on songs like “How’d You Like to Spoon with Me” (paired with “They Didn’t Believe Me”), “You Couldn’t Be Cuter” and “I’ll Be Hard to Handle.”

In one of the better-known songs, “Bill” — which has lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse and ended up in Show Boat despite being written for another musical — is a great example of how Sheehan mixes playful and passionate. She also luxuriates in the emotion of the two most recognizable tunes, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”

Don’t miss any chance to see her live, including at the album release party Oct. 20 in the Sammons Center for the Arts’ cabaret series."— Mark Lowry

"Diana Sheehan Sings: The Jerome Kern Songbook" was named "Best of Loop 2016" at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival and was produced by the AT&T Performing Arts Center as a companion piece to Dallas Opera's production of Showboat. It was also produced by the Sammons Cabaret.

Diana Sheehan is an award-winning actor and singer who relocated from New York to Dallas in the fall of 2008. Since arriving in Dallas, she has been the recipient of the DFW Critics Forum Award, the Column Award and the "Best of Loop" from the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. She is well known to Dallas audiences through her work at Watertower Theatre, The Dallas Theatre Center, Uptown Players, Casa Manana, and Amphibian Stage in such shows as Full Gallop,Vanya&Sonia&Masha&Spike and Grey Gardens.




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Diana's new album is full of dynamic singing, elegant and tasteful piano playing and LOTS of humor, thanks to the masterful, witty songwriting of Kern and others. A must-have CD for fans of musical theater. Well done!