This Week on Broadway for April 25, 2021: Nicolas King

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk withNicolas King about his new album Act One: Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings.


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Guest: Nicolas King

Act One: Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings

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NICOLAS KING – hailed as a “precociously polished crooner” by The New York Times – has been performing since he was four years old. He was in three Broadway productions (Beauty and the Beast, A Thousand Clowns with Tom Selleck, and Carol Burnett’s Hollywood Arms, directed by Hal Prince) before the age of 12. He has also appeared in many national TV commercials, including the award-winning “Oscar Mayer Lunchables” commercial. King has appeared on TV talk shows, such as “The View,” “The Today Show,” “Sally Jesse Raphael,” “Liza & David” and was on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno twice (including Leno’s final week as host in 2014). He is the recipient of the Talent America Award, the Julie Wilson Award, the Bistro Award for Outstanding Performer of the Year, the AMG Award for Artist of the Year, and the Legends Award for his contribution to the preservation of the Great American Songbook. He has performed alongside Tony Danza, Andrea McArdle, Jack Jones, Lainie Kazan, Donna McKechnie, Faith Prince, Billy Paul, Jennifer Holliday, Debby Boone, and Linda Lavin. At the age of 11, he began touring with Liza Minnelli as her opening act and was a mainstay on her tour for 10 years. Among the venues he has played are Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Birdland, 54 Below, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. His previous solo albums include On Another Note (2017), Nineteen (2010), and Blame it on My Youth (2006)


Act One: Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings is a compilation of sparkling new studio tracks, selections from his previous solo albums, and vintage archival gems from early in his career. The collection opens with a spoken live introduction by Liza Minnelli, a memento from the decade Nicolas toured the world with her. The new selections include a lushly orchestrated version of “But Beautiful,” performed with jazz singer Jane Monheit. “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby,” a charming duet with Tom Selleck, was taped onstage when they appeared together in the Broadway play A Thousand Clowns when Nicolas was just 10 years old.

CLUB44 RECORDS – based in the Music City of Nashville, Tennessee – is a new independent label which aims to highlight the Broadway, cabaret and jazz genres, preserve the American Songbook, and provide a home for artists who represent this timeless music. Following their premiere studio release, Christmas at Birdland, the label has presented Les Misérables Symphonic Highlights, arranged, orchestrated and conducted by David T. Clydesdale and Brian Eads; Love Notes, the new album from Tony Award and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin; Billy’s Place from Grammy Award winner Billy Stritch; and Jane Monheit’s Come What May, which celebrates the international Billboard #1 pop/jazz vocalist’s 20th anniversary as a recording artist. Club44 Records also serves as the creative home of many other singers, instrumentalists and writers. All releases are distributed digitally through Green Hill Productions/ Universal Music Group and to retail outlets by Provident/Sony.


1) Liza Minnelli Introduction* Recorded live at the Kravis Center, West Palm Beach FL – 2006

2) Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries (Ray Henderson / Lew Brown) / Nice ‘n’ Easy” (Lew Spence / Alan & Marilyn Bergman)*
Arranged by Greg Wardson; Orchestrated by Jonathan Barrick – 2002

3) God Bless the Child (Arthur Herzog, Jr. / Billie Holiday)*
Conceived by Liza Minnelli; Arranged by Frank Owens (Yvonne Monett: piano, Bill Miele: bass, Bob Saraceno: drums) – 2003

4) Yes Sir, That’s My Baby (Gus Kahn / Walter Donaldson), featuring Tom Selleck*
Live at the Longacre Theatre, New York NY – 2001

5) How Deep Is the Ocean (Irving Berlin) From the album Blame It on My Youth – Arranged by Nicolas King (Alan Bernstein: bass) – 2006

6) Mr. Paganini (Sam Coslow)
From the album Nineteen – Arranged by Mike Renzi (Mike Renzi: piano, Dave Zinno: bass, John Anter: drums) – 2010

7) Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Bob Crewe / Bob Gaudio)
From the album Nineteen – Arranged by Mike Renzi (Mike Renzi: piano, Jay Leonhart: bass, Buddy Williams: drums) – 2010

8) The Only One (Tracy Stark) – From the album Shades of Beautiful: The Tracy Stark Songbook – 2016

9) I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together (Joe Hamilton) / My Shining Hour (Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer)
Single – Arranged by Mike Renzi (Mike Renzi: piano) – 2013

10) Looks Like They’re in Love (Bob Levy/ Alex Rybeck)
Single – Released by Bob Levy (2020 MAC Award Winner “Song of the Year”) – 2016

11) You Must Believe in Spring (Michel Legrand / Alan & Marilyn Bergman / Jacques Demy)
From the album On Another Note – Arranged by Mike Renzi (Mike Renzi: piano) – 2017

12) But Beautiful (Johnny Burke / Jimmy Van Heusen), featuring Jane Monheit*
Arranged by Mike Renzi; strings arranged by Charles Calello – 2020

13) Sing (Joe Raposo) – Single; Arranged by Charles Calello – 2020

14) What A Wonderful World (Bob Thiele / George David Weiss), featuring Norm Lewis*
Arrangement courtesy of Billy Gilman – 2020

15) What Matters Most (Alan & Marilyn Bergman / Dave Grusin)* Arranged by Mike Renzi; strings arranged by Charles Calello – 2020

16) There’s No Business Like Show Business (Irving Berlin)
Arranged by Mike Renzi (Mike Renzi: piano, Alan Bernstein: bass, John Anter: drums)

17) Come Back to Me (Burton Lane / Alan Jay Lerner) Arranged by Charles Calello – 2020

*Previously Unreleased

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14 – What A Wonderful World (with Norm Lewis)

Nicolas King & Norm Lewis – What A Wonderful World (Official Music Video)

Oh, Lord, I’m on My Way (1951 recording)
Lawrence Winters, baritone (Porgy)
Camilla Williams, soprano (Bess)

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