Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project

Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project is both a timeless benefit effort and a uniquely compelling multimedia experience. The project—which incorporates a 2-CD, 26-song set; a lavishly illustrated hardcover book of 17 songs from the album; a corresponding e-book encompassing the entire collection; and a documentary film and web series —gathers many of contemporary musical theatre’s greatest composers and vocalists, as well as illustrators, all of whom have donated their talent to deliver an emotionally affecting set of new lullabies, some written specifically for this project. Proceeds from sales of the book and 2-CD set will benefit breast cancer research, support and education.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a behind-the-scenes look at the recording session for “Lucky” (Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, from the operaSeance on a Wet Afternoon).  Schwartz, who was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Broadway Hall of Fame in 2009, is the composer of the smash Broadway musicals WickedGodspell and Pippin.
The song is performed by Tony Award-winning actress & singer Donna Murphy, with Gil Goldstein (piano), and Jody Redhage (cello), produced by Matt Pierson. Illustration by three-time Caldecott Medal winner Marc Simont.

I really enjoyed reading this book to my daughter before bed. Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project is a fantastic addition to our nightly routine. We always read together at night and I found this book to be very helpful in calming her down and it was something I enjoyed too, it’s not just for the kids. We put in the 17 song cd that comes with the book and that combined with me reading Jasmine the book put her right to bed. The 17 song cd is Foreword by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton.

The 26-song album isn’t full of your traditional lullabies but rather full of warmly expressive songs. This cycle will touch listeners of all ages, while raising funds for respected breast cancer charities, The Breast Cancer Research Foundationand Young Survival Coalition. Jasmine likes falling asleep to this CD.

My daughter’s favorite part of the book is A Lullaby for Midnight, it’s beautifully illustrated and the words are perfect for helping urge her eyes to close even though it starts out by saying “Don’t go to sleep. Not yet, my child.” Within minutes my little angel’s eyes are closed and off to dream land.

You can buy this amazingly illustrated hard-cover book from amazon.com.

I was sent a free copy of this book and cd to facilitate this review/post. I was not financially compensated in any way for this post.

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Comments

  1. says

    We read to our son before bed as well and this sounds like a great nighttime story! The music would be helpful as well, as he goes to sleep with music on every night.

  2. Cyndy L says

    Thanks for sharing this! I am always looking for new additions to our bedtime ritual and love being able to support a great cause at the same time.

  3. Michelle says

    My son LOVES music! I bet this would be something he would just love to hear everyday! Thank you for sharing this! I never heard of them!

  4. says

    I have some of the best childhood memories of my parents reading to me before bed. This looks like a great addition to that. – Katy

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