Backstage Bistro Award-winning recording artist and Broadway actress Rebecca Spencer (JEKYLL AND HYDE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) most recently announced the release of her third recording on the LML Music label, entitled STILL, STILL, STILL. The album, celebrating the spirit of Christmas, is currently available on ITunes, Amazon, and numerous music retailers.
Ms. Spencer also served as Executive Producer, and recorded in Hollywood at both East West Studios and the historic Studio A at Capitol Studios, working with Sound Engineer and co-Producer Michael Stern (THE SHACK), with additional instrumental arrangements recorded at UNLV Recording Studios in Las Vegas. The recording was mastered at venerable Bernie Grundman Mastering by Patricia Sullivan (JOHN WILLIAMS scores). As an LML Vocal Artist, the recording also marks her third collaboration with Musical Director, Broadway conductor and impressionistic concert pianist, Philip Fortenberry (HBO's BEHIND THE CANDLEABRA). Featured guest artists are cellist Moonlight Tran (LAS VEGAS PHIL) and Eric Tewalt (CELINE DION) on the soprano saxophone.
Ms. Spencer is recognized both nationally and internationally in the recording, cabaret and concert worlds for her signature contemporary art song, lyric driven interpretations that seamlessly fuse classical and contemporary composers. Her self-produced debut recording, WIDE AWAKE AND DREAMING, was honored with the BackStage Bistro Award for Most Outstanding Recording. Her New York City solo appearances include the venerable Birdland Jazz Club and Town Hall. Her Las Vegas debut at the Flamingo Theatre was named as the top concert event of the month by Las Vegas Magazine. More recently since moving to Los Angeles, she has performed concerts at Vitello's, and last year at The Sorting Room, LA's newest nightclub in Beverly Hills at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
With a stage career based out of New York for three decades, Rebecca recently starred as Madame Giry in the 25th anniversary world tour of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and stood by last season for Broadway legend Betty Buckley in GREY GARDENS at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA. Rebecca created the role of Madame Giry in the $35 million production of PHANTOM - THE LAS VEGAS SPECTACULAR, under the direction of Harold Prince. Her acclaimed performances at the Venetian Hotel and Casino continued for over two years. A review in the Las Vegas Review Journal noted: “There's lots of talent on display at 'Phantom -- The Las Vegas Spectacular,' but the person I can never stop watching is Rebecca Spencer”. The role returned Rebecca to the haunts of the Paris Opera House, fifteen years after her debut as Carlotta, performed in German for six months at the Neue Flora Theatre in Mr. Prince’s Hamburg, Germany Company.
As a crossover Artist Rebecca has been a guest soloist with numerous American opera companies, and American symphony engagements that include Carnegie Hall's "Gershwin Centennial" recorded for PBS. She also toured as guest soloist with Marvin Hamlisch. Her many NYC solo concerts include the venerable Birdland Jazz Club, The Laurie Beechman Theatre at The West Bank, NYC Cabaret Convention appearances at Town Hall and Rose Hall/Lincoln Center, Encore Panache!, Le Belle Epoque, Green Street Cafe, B. Smith's and the historic Don't Tell Mama's, and has been featured at Lyrics and Lyricists. Her follow up CD, FAIR WARNING, marked her Las Vegas concert debut presented by the Performing Arts Society of Nevada, and was named the top concert event of the month by Las Vegas Magazine. She was featured on the cover of the Las Vegas Review Journal's NEON Entertainment Magazine.
As an early collaborator, Rebecca was an original Broadway cast member of JEKYLL AND HYDE and created the role of Lisa (Emma) Carew in the Alley Theatre world premiere, a role she had the opportunity to revisit on Broadway ten years later. She was an original company member of the Toronto workshop production of RAGTIME, directed by Frank Galati. Rebecca has performed principal roles in over 60 opera, national tour, regional and Off-Broadway productions ranging from Cunegonde in Bernstein’s CANDIDE to Dolly Levi in Jerry Herman’s HELLO DOLLY. She has been nominated for several theatre critic awards, from Florida to Arizona. Her television credits include Third Watch and Law and Order: SVU.
Rebecca has performed in concert as a guest soloist with the Syracuse, New Haven, Detroit, Florida, Indianapolis and Naples Symphonies, and as the guest soloist for composer Marvin Hamlisch. In New York she appeared in five Encores! concerts at the City Center and was featured at the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 2004 & 05 NYC Cabaret Conventions. In Las Vegas, she conceived the script for the 2007 Liberace Piano Competitions and co-hosted the international competition. She was also a monthly performer in the Las Vegas Composer’s Showcase.
Rebecca was awarded the 2004 BackStage Bistro Award for her debut solo recording, WIDE AWAKE AND DREAMING. Her second recording, FAIR WARNING, was released in March 2006. She is the Executive Producer for her recordings with producer, pianist and conductor, Philip Fortenberry. Both CDs are marketed on the LML Music label, distributed by Allegro Music. Her live concert performances, based on these collaborations and repertoire, continue to receive critical acclaim. In 2009, Rebecca was featured on the cover of the international encyclopedic publication 400 Years of Entertainment, Music and Show Biz, compiled by musicologist, Maximillion DeLayfette. She has recorded for numerous record labels ranging from Broadway First Cast albums to collectable compilations.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Ithaca College with an emphasis on classical vocal performance. Sought after as a Teaching Artist, her Master Classes have been taught at Southern Methodist University, Ithaca College, and the Governor’s School For The Arts in Norfolk, VA, among others. She was the assistant director to NY Director, Richard Sabellico, for Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, and recently was the Creative Consultant for a concert at the Moore Theatre in Seattle featuring collaboration between the Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Rebecca chooses to utilize a diverse repertoire derived from the leading composers and lyricists of Broadway, the American Art Song and the American Songbook. While in performance, she continues to participate, whenever possible, in education outreach and talk backs.