The series, which will premiere two new episodes every Monday for six weeks, utilizes a host of Broadway tunes (all originally sung by women) to tell the story of a heartbroken singer who harnesses the power of musicals to help him cope with the pandemic lockdown.
“What started out two months into the pandemic lockdown as purely throwing down some vocals on a few songs (written originally for women that I always secretly wanted to sing), eventually evolved into a 12-episode short form musical series,” says Zarley. “To say that this was a labor of love would be a real understatement. I love the idea of creating new ways of presenting musical content to a mass audience in a fresh way.”
The series also includes contributions from Billy Porter, Joann Hunter, and Ron Kellum and features the talents of Jason Graae, Haviland Stillwell, Ty Taylor, Marty Thomas, Barbara Deutsch, Kathy Deitch, James Tabeek, and Julie Garnye.
11 O’Clock Number is directed, produced, and edited by Zarley and co-directed by Reed Stillwell with a story by Zarley and Stilwell. The director of photography is Jesse Aragon with music produced by Zarley and Andy Zulla. The wardrobe stylist is Sabrina Feldman.
The complete track listing follows:
• “Never Enough” (The Greatest Showman) Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
• “Still Hurting” (The Last Five Years) Jason Robert Brown
• “With You” (Ghost: The Musical) Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard, Bruce Joel Rubin
• “I’m Not That Girl” (Wicked) Stephen Schwartz
• “I’d Give My Life for You” (Miss Saigon) Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby Jr.
• “I Still Believe” (Miss Saigon) Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby Jr.
• “Take Me or Leave Me” (Rent) Jonathan Larson
• “He Used to Be Mine” (Waitress) Sara Bareilles
• “The Human Heart” (Once on This Island) Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty
• “Anything But Lonely” (Aspects of Love) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, Charles Hart
• “I’m Here” (The Color Purple) Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray
• “What I Did for Love” (A Chorus Line) Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban
Zarley made his professional theatrical debut at 17 in the national tour of Cats and his Broadway debut at 19 in A Chorus Line. His other Broadway credits include The Who’s Tommy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Chicago. A four-time Billboard charting recording artist, his albums include Debut, Here I Am, and Change Begins With Me.