How did I sleep through the release of Brian Stokes Mitchell’s solo album?
I just found out about it a couple of days ago. Only 15 months after its release. I must say, though, based on what I’ve heard it’s not my favourite Musical Stage Star Goes Solo. Mandy Patinkin will always hold the #1 place in my heart with his albums, and then I’d probably have to go with either Bryn Terfel or Colm Wilkinson in 2nd place. Michael Crawford third.
I don’t know who’s producing some of these solo efforts, but take it from me. I know Patinkin gets a lot of grief for being over the top, but that’s kind of what you want from showtunes. So far most of BSM’s solo stuff is somnolent.
Oh, and iTunes censoring cracks me up. On Stokes’ South Pacific album they’ve actually typed “C**k-eyed Optimist” as one of the song titles. Trust me, people, the term “cockeyed” does NOT have a single thing to do with the penis.