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How Glory Goes

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Track Listing

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1Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Arlen/Mercer)3:27
2Bill (listen to full-length track) (Kern / Wodehouse & Hammerstein II)3:34
3I Had Myself a True Love (Arlen / Mercer)3:52
4I Hid My Love (Marzullo/Clare)2:48
5Was That You? (Guettel/Robbins)2:38
6I Won't Mind (listen to full-length track) (Blumenkrantz / Kessler & Saines)4:02
7A Sleepin' Bee (Arlen / Capote & Arlen)3:55
8Come Down from the Tree (Flaherty/Ahrens)3:10
9I Never Has Seen Snow (Arlen / Capote & Arlen)4:15
10When Did I Fall in Love? (Bock/Harnick)3:21
11The Man That Got Away (Arlen/Gershwin)3:50
12Somewhere (Bernstein/Sondheim)2:31
13How Glory Goes (Guettel)3:32
14Lay Down Your Head (Tesori/Crawley)2:24

News & Reviews

  • Watch: Audra McDonald Guests on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

    Audra McDonald was a special guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC last night. The five-time Tony Award winner stopped by the studio to help Fallon out on a Suggestion Box request to give voice to some sage Yahoo! Answers in her own inimitable way. Watch the segment here. McDonald returns to Broadway this spring to take on the role of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Audra McDonald to Return to Broadway in "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill"

    Five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald returns to Broadway this spring to take on the role of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. Directed by Lonny Price (110 in the Shade, A Class Act), the musical begins previews March 25, 2014, at the Circle in the Square Theatre for a limited ten-week engagement with only 70 performances; opening night is set for April 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public March 6.

About this Album

How Glory Goes finds Audra McDonald, a four-time Tony Award winner (A Raisin in the Sun, Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime), at home in a variety of music theater styles—from standards by Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Leonard Bernstein, among others, to the title track written by her contemporary Adam Guettel.

Conducted by Eric Stern and Ted Sperling, and produced by Tommy Krasker, this 14-song collection gives a special place to the music of Harold Arlen, which has long been a favorite of McDonald's. From the soulful “Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home” to the wistful “The Man That Got Away,” Arlen’s emotional and musical vocabulary offers this “vocal artist of singular skill and ability” (New York Times) a vivid range of dramatic possibilities. The near-operatic “I Had Myself a True Love”, the tender “A Sleepin’ Bee,” and the swinging “I Never Has Seen Snow” also receive idiomatic interpretations here, identifying McDonald with Arlen’s innovative output.

McDonald maintains her commitment to the work of young composers writing in musical theater with How Glory Goes. The title track takes its name from the finale of Adam Guettel’s 1996 acclaimed musical Floyd Collins. McDonald has collaborated extensively with Guettel, beginning with the four songs included on her debut album, Way Back to Paradise. Guettel’s 1992 song “Was That You” is also included here, along with Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’s “Come Down from the Tree,” written in 1990 for Once on This Island; Steve Marzullo’s “I Hid My Love,” with lyrics by the 19th-century British poet John Clare; “Lay Down Your Head,” from Jeanine Tesori’s acclaimed 1997 stagework Violet; and Jeff Blumenkrantz’s “I Won’t Mind,” from the 1998 show The Other Franklin.

Audra McDonald’s 1998 recording debut Way Back To Paradise boldly introduced the singular talents of one of Broadway’s fastest-rising stars. McDonald chose five of the most gifted writers in the new generation of composer-lyricists today. Songs by Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Guettel, Michael John LaChiusa, Jenny Robert Brown, and Jenny Giering demonstrated the way in which these writers are resetting the stage of musical theater. Embraced by both the public and the critics, Way Back to Paradise prompted TIME magazine to say, “There is no finer singer on Broadway.”


Audra McDonald, vocals

Violin: Suzanne Ornstein (concertmistress), Belinda Whitney-Barratt, Laura Oatts, Cenovia Cummins, Xin Zhao, Rick Dolan, Karen Karlsrud, Karl Kawahara, Lorra Baylis, Dale Stuckenbruck, Karen Milne, Avril Brown, Britt Swenson, Elizabeth Lim, Michael Nicholas
Viola: Debra Shufelt, Sarah Adams, Shelly Holland-Moritz, Sheila Brown
Cello: Clay Ruede, Adam Grabois, Laura Bontrager, Sarah Carter
Bass: Pete Donovan, Dick Sarpola, John Beal
Woodwinds: Helen Campo (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Bob Bush (flute), Chuck Wilson (flute, tenor sax), Rick Heckman (flute, oboe, English horn), Dennis Anderson (oboe, English horn, clarinet), Jim Roe (oboe), Dan Willis (oboe), Matt Dine (English horn), Steve Kenyon (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet), Steve Hartman (clarinet), Al Hunt (bass clarinet), Don McGeen (bass clarinet, bassoon), Mark Thrasher (bassoon), Marc Goldberg (bassoon)
Trumpet: Brian O’Flaherty, Wayne DuMaine, Tony Kadleck
Trombone: Herb Besson, Keith O’Quinn, Paul Faulise
French Horn: Chris Komer, Javier Grenada, Katie Dennis
Percussion/drums: Warren Odze, Joe Passaro, Dave Ratajczak
Harp: Grace Paradise
Guitar: Kevin Kuhn
Piano: Lee Musiker, Ted Sperling, Eric Stern

Produced by Tommy Krasker
Engineered by John McClure
Recorded July 1999, at Sony Recording Studios, New York City
Additional recording September 1999, at Clinton Recording Studios, New York City
Assistant Engineers: Keith T. Shortreed
Edited by Paul Zinman, SoundByte Productions, New York City
Mixed at Avatar Studios, New York City
Assistant Engineer: Scott Young
Mastered by Ric Wilson, Digisonics, Northridge, CA
Music Preparation: Donald Oliver, Chelsea Music Service, Inc.
Orchestral Contractor: John Miller

Design by Jeri Heiden, SMOG

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz



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