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Anastasia Barzee: The DImming of the Day

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Typically, when Broadway headliners first make the transition from stage to recording studio they stick artistically close to home, shaping a playlist of familiar show tunes. But with the sole exception of “Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known,” written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black for Tell Me on a Sunday, actress Anastasia Barzee ventures much further afield for her debut album. Apart from “Don’t Go to Strangers,” Barzee, whose crystalline soprano strongly evokes Joan Baez, focuses on selections from contemporary songwriters, including Kate Bush, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Richard Thompson, Jimmy Webb, April Smith and Rufus Wainwright.

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