Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project Book & CD

Bedtime is a special time for parents and children. Moms and Dads are ready to tuck their little kids into bed for a peaceful night sleep...and let's admit it: we enjoy the peace & quiet. Our bedtime routine has been crucial for getting our little guy to sleep since he was a baby. It involves a bath/shower, lots of hugs and cuddles, reading a book, prayers and then listening to music as he doses off. He has always liked falling asleep to music after reading a book.

The product: About Over the Moon, a book and CD set:

On May 8, 2012, Over The Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project will release a collection of 26 original lullabies, written and performed by some of Broadway’s biggest stars, and a 48-page children’s book and ebook illustrated by America’s best-loved artists. The project benefits breast cancer research, support, and education.

Here’s Nikki M. James, a Tony-award winning star of the smash musical The Book of Mormon, singing “All New,” (music by Marisa Michaelson, lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen). This original lullaby features Fred Hersch on piano and Dave Eggar on cello.

Here’s the video, for your viewing pleasure: 

Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project is both a timeless benefit effort and a uniquely compelling multimedia experience. The ambitious 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, many written specifically for this project.

Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project's roster of world-class vocalists features some of Broadway's most respected and popular performers and friends, including Anastasia Barzee, Stephanie BastMichael CerverisWalter Charles,Victoria ClarkJed Cohen, Janet DacalKate DawsonRaul EsparzaSutton FosterBrian d'Arcy JamesKelli O'HaraMarva HicksDana IveyNikki M. JamesLuke Kolbe MannikusMarc KudischJudy KuhnRebecca LukerAudra McDonaldDonna MurphyChristiane NollLaura Osnes, Anika Noni Rose, Caesar SamayoaWill Swenson, and Vanessa Williams.

Meanwhile, the project's book component also features a distinctive cover illustration by fabled cartoonist/playwright Jules Feiffer, along with a foreword written by stage and screen legend Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. Among the award-winning illustrators lending their talents are Selina Alko, Lynne Avril, Paulette Bogan, Beowulf Boritt, Lauren Castillo, R. Gregory Christie, Seymour Chwast, Jane Dyer, Richard Egielski, Daniel Glucksman, Julia Gran, Ying-Hwa Hu, Genevieve LeRoy-Walton, Betsy Lewin, Anna Louizos, Victor Mays, Emily Arnold McCully, Wendell Minor, Barry Moser, Jon J Muth, Sean Qualls, Peter H. Reynolds, Marc Simont, Javaka Steptoe, Melissa Sweet, Cornelius Van Wright, Neil Waldman, Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, Tony Walton, Gary Zamchick, and Paul O. Zelinsky. 
The project has been documented in the form of a short film and web series that tells the story of The Broadway Lullaby Project from conception to completion. Through interviews and rare behind-the-scenes footage, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentarian Barbara Rick and Out of The Blue Films, Inc. chronicle the inspiration, rehearsals, recording sessions, and artistic processes of many of Broadway’s brightest stars, world-renowned jazz musicians, and our most-loved illustrators—all united to combat breast cancer through the comfort and beauty of music and art.

What we thought:
 My son really enjoyed the Over the moon book and CD. We would read the lullaby's in the book each night before bed. Then he could quietly drift off to sleep listening to the soothing songs of these lullaby's. This is a book/CD set that parents and children will both like. I think it makes a great addition to every kid's room.

Where to buy: You can purchase your copy from their website-

How to connect: You can learn more about the Over the Moon product at their website- They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

*Disclaimer: I received this product to review. All opinions are my own.*