You may not have noticed, but in October, the actor Bill Murray made it to No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s classical albums chart.
He did it with New Worlds, an album released by him, cellist Jan Vogler “… and Friends.” Murray both sings and recites poetry, eccentrically, on the album. Below, you can watch the group perform their “West Side Story” medley on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”
Other tracks on the album feature songs by Foster, Gershwin and Mancini, classical compositions by Bach, Ravel and Saint-Saëns, and readings from Whitman, Twain and Thurber.
Murray, Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez, who have previously brought their show to Carnegie Hall and other venues, will present it at the Matthews Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, April 5. No on-sale date is yet listed on the theater’s web site.
For information and updates, visit mccarter.org/season/2017-2018/pdps/new-worlds.