Sherie Rene Scott Will Record Solo Show Piece of Meat on Ghostlight Records; New Single With Bill Charlap Available Online
By Michael Gioia
Three-time Tony Award nominee Sherie Rene Scott, last seen on Broadway in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, will record her cabaret show, Piece of Meat, which currently plays the intimate Manhattan nightspot 54 Below through June 29.
Scott, who will record the show on her label Ghostlight Records, has also released a special digital single version of "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" – the classic 1937 pop standard with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II – with pianist Bill Charlap on Ghostlight. The b-side is "Nothing Is Too Wonderful To Be True," by Scott and Charlap, which previously appeared as a bonus track on the label's Grammy-nominated Broadway recording of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Scott. The tracks were produced by Kurt Deutsch and Joel Moss.
To preview the new track, click here.
Piece of Meat had its New York premiere at 54 Below in October 2012 and was seen in London in February. Scott has returned to 54 Below for two weeks through June 29.
Piece of Meat, which features music direction by Todd Almond (Melancholy Play, We Always Have Lived In The Castle, On The Levee, Girlfriend), staging by Michele Lynch and direction by Lear Debessonett, includes songs by Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Annie Lennox and Buddy Holly.
In Piece of Meat, Scott explores her personal struggle through song. "After over 26 years of the happy, healthy vegetarian [lifestyle] — never having been tempted — I suddenly found myself faced with the overwhelming desire for meat," she previously told Playbill.com. "This was obviously something I wanted to keep very private, and I was having a big internal struggle with, and so I wrote about it. And, as Todd and I worked together, just wanting to put a show together of songs that we loved and enjoyed playing, Todd noticed how much the songs reflected [my struggle]…
"This show is basically about all the investigating I did over this one piece of meat and how I felt like I had been a piece of meat at certain parts of my life. I identified with the meat. I identified with the animal and the prey, and I had compassion for that. To find myself on the other side, it was mind-blowing."
Piece of Meat is offered June 21 and 28 at 8 PM; and June 22 and 29 at 8 PM. There will be additional 11 PM late shows June 28 and June 29.
Scott was Tony-nominated for her performances in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Everyday Rapture and also received a nomination for the Best Book of Everyday Rapture. Her other Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, Aida, Rent, Grease and The Who's Tommy.
There is a $50 cover charge in the main dining room and a $40 cover at the bar. All seats have a $25 food and beverage minimum. Visit 54Below.com.
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