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May 2nd, 2011

Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh. Photo by Mariana Blanco.

  • Have you ever met a couple that you kind of want to date, together? No, I don’t mean in a 1970’s key party way; I mean in a “I’d like to share breakfast over the Times and go for a walk hand in hand with them” kind of way. Well, it’s hard not to feel smitten with Broadway’s favorite young marrieds Jenny Powers (Happiness, Dangerous Beauty) and Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story, the upcoming Death Takes a Holiday). They’re both charming, talented, attractive (I think we all recall Matt’s publicity stills for Urban Cowboy but I’m not linking; you’ve got to work for some things), and now they’ve released an album together. Available for sale on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby, “Gonna Make You Love Me” features an eclectic mix of pop songs and standards, all charting a couple’s journey toward love. So maybe if you play the album, tucked into bed with the Style section and a glass of OJ, you can pretend they’re singing it just for you.
  • In other music news, is reporting that Broadway Blog favorite Kate Baldwin recorded her recent Feinstein’s tribute to Sheldon Harnick, She Loves Him. Featuring duets with Harnick himself, the live album will be released early this summer. So congratulations to Kate on delivering another bundle of joy (following the birth of her first child last month!)
  • I’m also going on record today (ok, that’s a thematic stretch…deal with it) with a few long shots and prayers for tomorrow’s Tony Award nominations. Please, nominating committee, don’t forget about: the sweeping romanticism and delicate magic of Brief Encounter; the loopy wonder of Tammy Blanchard in How to Succeed; the show-stopping supporting work of The Book of Mormon‘s Rory O’Malley; and the wrenching yet centering performance by John Benjamin Hickey in the current revival of The Normal Heart.
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