Eric Woolfson News
Released on 18th March 2013, the anniversary of what would have been the late Eric Woolfson's 68th birthday - 'Somewhere in the Audience' is a selection of music from four of Eric's musicals - Gaudi, Gambler, POE and Dancing Shadows.
Vocals have been recorded by leading West End and Broadway performers and three songs from Eric's Dancing Shadows musical are released for the first time.
A recent review by broadwayworld.com says:
" The recording is incredibly well produced and expertly engineered... The selection of performers delivering the numbers has clearly been thought out and not one number can be faulted. Woolfson's music is very emotive and well structured. His storytelling abilities are second to none...I can highly, highly recommend it. Woolfson is a genius and I sincerely hope some of his shows will be heard - and seen - by a larger audience." Read complete review here...
"Impressive" - Mark Shenton, theatre critic for Sunday Express and The Stage
Eric Woolfson News
Thu, Dec. 10 2009
Eric Woolfson (creator, songwriter, lyricist and lead singer of the Alan Parsons Project) died from kidney cancer in the early hours of 2nd December 2009.
Hundreds of people have been leaving comments about what his work has meant to them and messages of condolence on his Facebook page.
There have been obituaries in newspaper all over the world but here are a few we thought we should highlight:
The world premiere took place at the Halle Opera House, Germany on 28th August 2009.
A DVD of the 2003 Abbey Road Studios showcase performance of POE is available to purchase through the ericwoolfsonmusic.com shop.
New Musical Album
A new album entitled ‘Edgar Allan Poe’ containing all 17 songs from the musical is now available to purchase. Click here to access the ericwoolfsonmusic.com shop
The piano / vocal sheet music folio for the Edgar Allan Poe musical was released by Bosworth on 28th August 2009 to tie in with the premiere. It is available to purchase through the ericwoolfsonmusic.com shop.
Eric Woolfson APP Album featuring 2 songs from the POE musical
Eric Woolfson sings two of the songs from the Edgar Allan Poe musical on his ‘Eric Woolfson sings The Alan Parsons Project That Never Was’ album. The album is now available to purchase from the ericwoolfsonmusic.com shop
The first official Alan Parsons Project website was launched in October 2006 and includes a forum, shop and mailing list.
All ten APP albums have been re-mastered in expanded edition with bonus tracks, as well as a new compilation 'The Essential Alan Parsons Project'. All are available to purchase through the ericwoolfsonmusic.com shop
Two bonus tracks included on the expanded editions 'Rumour Goin' Round' (included on the expanded edition Stereotomy APP album) and 'Any Other Day' (included on the expanded edition Eye in the Sky APP album) have now been completed and recorded on the new 'Eric Woolfson sings The Alan Parsons Project That Never Was' album.
Before Eric died in December 2009, he had started making recordings of his music in the Dancing Shadows musical. He had already completed all the music and lyrics which had been performed in Korean in the production that premiered in Seoul in 2007. However none of the recordings had been completed with English lyrics. His family decided to complete a demo CD of all the songs to promote Dancing Shadows to potential theatre producers (watch this space!!).
Eric's daughter, Sally, worked with recording engineers Haydn Bendall and Austin Ince (longtime colleagues who had worked with Eric for many years) to add the vocals. Eric had already decided on some of the singers he wanted to use and his family were thrilled that Steve Balsamo, Anna-Jane Casey and Jacqui Dankworth were able to fulfill his wish. We have decided to include some audio clips of these demos here to give you a flavour of Eric's music in the Dancing Shadows musical.
Dancing Shadows wins 5 Tony Awards
Eric's new musical 'Dancing Shadows' swept the board at the 2007 Korean Tony Musical Awards against 71 other musicals. It was nominated for 8 awards and won 5 including:
- Best Musical
- Best Featured Actor
- Best Choreography
- Best Ensemble
- Best Music Director
The world premiere of DANCING SHADOWS was in Seoul, Korea in July 2007.
Two songs from the musical, entitled 'I Can See Round Corners' and 'Along the Road Together', are included on the 'Eric Woolfson sings The Alan Parsons Project That Never Was' album.
The Gaudi cast album is now available to purchase as a download with a previously unreleased bonus track. This is available through the ericwoolfsonmusic.com shop
Weeks before he died, Eric completed the finishing touches to Gaudi. There is a new song, 'Nothing Can Change My Mind', which some of you may recognise from the APP That Never Was album, new characters who bring a bit of comedy to the show and other changes which have given Gaudi a new lease of life. Plans for future productions of this new version of GAUDI are in development for Germany and Asia.
The Gambler cast album is now available to purchase as a download with previously unreleased bonus track. This is exclusively available through the ericwoolfsonmusic.com shop
The song 'Golden Key' from the musical is included on the new 'Eric Woolfson sings The Alan Parsons Project That Never Was' album