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Connick Plans Fall Season

Harry Connick Jr.’s fall looks terrifically busy, even for him. Two albums and two films featuring his various talents are being released, just in time to complement his debut as a Broadway lyricist and composer in the musical Thou Shalt Not.

Thou Shalt Not is based, unexpectedly enough, on an Emile Zola novel, although presumably the Ten Commandments make a cameo appearance. The story concerns a shopgirl who conspires with her lover to kill her husband, and the unexpected but dire consequences that ensue. Connick wrote the book, composed and arranged the music, and will produce the cast album when it’s all complete. The play is set to open Oct. 25th.

Two days before that, Columbia will release Connick’s two latest albums. One is a solo album entitled 30 which marks another chapter in Connick’s explorations of New Orleans music. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, gospel vocalist Rev. James Moore and bassist Ben Wolfe are featured as guests on the album. The other, a big band album called (somewhat prosaically) Songs I Heard, contains Connick’s interpretations of classic tunes from movie musicals like Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and The Sound of Music.

Meanwhile, The Simian Line, an improvisational film by Linda Yeller featuring Connick as the male half of one of four couples, will come to theaters in Nov., while Life Without Dick, in which Connick plays an Irish hit man opposite Sarah Jessica Parker, will make its way to cable sometime this fall.

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