Will He Like Me?

Will He Like Me?

by Philip ChaffinPhilip Chaffin


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PS Classics co-founder Philip Chaffin - joined by his husband and producer Tommy Krasker - reimagines the Great American Songbook for the post-marriage-equality era. Will He Like Me? weaves together nearly a century of American popular song to tell a gay man's love story: one that takes him from first date to final farewell. It reinvents 17 classic songs for the LGBTQ community by capturing them in a way they wouldn't - and couldn't - have been sung just a decade ago. The impulse is novel, but the resulting song-cycle reveals, once again, the true glory of the Great American Songbook: how it speaks to us all, evoking shared emotions and experiences that cut across gender, class, race and orientation. The song list ranges from forgotten gems ("Who Gave You Permission?" from the made-for-TV movie Queen of the Stardust Ballroom; the title tune from the 1966 off-Broadway musical Man With a Load of Mischief) to much-loved standards that male vocalists, until recently, haven't been able to sing (Rodgers & Hammerstein's "When I Marry Mister Snow," the Jerome Moross-John Latouche evergreen "Windflowers"). For his fifth album, Chaffin explores the bittersweet experience of searching for love over the course of a lifetime, and finding it, and his rich baritone captures every nuance of emotion, as he reconceives the songs of a previous era for the lovers of a new one.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2018
Label: P.S. Classics
UPC: 0803607183622
catalogNumber: 1836
Rank: 84038

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Philip Chaffin   Primary Artist
Mark Thrasher   Clarinet,Flute,Bassoon
Entcho Todorov   Violin
Rick Heckman   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,Oboe
Richard Carsey   Piano,Conductor
John Baxindine   Performing Ensemble
Clay Ruedu   Cello

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Philip Chaffin   Concept
Ervin Drake   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Billy Goldenberg   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Tommy Krasker   Producer,Executive Producer,Concept
John Latouche   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Jerome Moross   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Harry Tobias   Composer
Michael John LaChiusa   Composer
Victor Mancusi   Pro-Tools
Bart Migal   Producer,Engineer
Derek Bishop   Art Direction
Billy Rose   Composer
Mark Bakalor   Web Design
Richard Sherman   Composer
Robert Edridge-Waks   Editorial Coordinator
Ben Tarver   Composer
Kenneth Jones   Liner Notes
John Clifton   Composer
John Baxindine   Arranger
Robert Sherman   Composer

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