GPR Records
Dedicated to Broadway, Classical,
Spoken Word and Children’s Music
launches its first recording

100 Poems by 100 Performers 


Patti LuPone, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Charles Busch, Len Cariou, Michael Cerveris, Florence Henderson, David Garrison, Paige Davis, Kate Mulgrew, Harriet Harris, Cynthia Nixon, Kathleen Turner, Michael York, and Jason Alexander 

To be released on April 2nd, 2010 in celebration of National Poetry Month

Listen to a snippet of Kate reading Emily Dickinson's Because I Could Not Stop for Death

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Kate discusses Emily Dickinson and why she chose this poem.

To have great poets there must be great audiences too.  ~Walt Whitman

Glen Roven, Peter Fitzgerald, and Richard Cohen are pleased to announce the formation of a new CD label, GPR Records, ( which will record and distribute Broadway, classical, spoken word, and children’s music. GPR aims to surprise listeners with recordings that are both unusual and entertaining.

GPR Records’ first release will be “Poetic License” featuring 100 poems read by 100 performers of the stage and screen. The CD will be released on April 2nd in celebration of National Poetry Month and will be available on and on itunes. There has never been a spoken word recording that has included so many performers reading such a wide variety of poetry, each selection a personal choice of the performer. GPR Records is presenting this collection in hopes of inspiring audiences with a new appreciation of the spoken word.

“I love poetry. I love reading it. I love memorizing it. I love hearing great actors recite it,” said GPR Records artistic director Glen Roven. “In the past, I have had the audacity to set poetry to music. But, on this CD, the only music you will find is the music of the poems. Poetry unadorned. Great poetry needs nothing but a great actor with a voice as eloquent and expressive as the poem itself to lift the poem off the page and into the heart.”

“It is very exciting to begin this new CD label with such a great group of people,” said GPR Records CEO Peter Fitzgerald. “Our goal is to record new material, standards, and old favorites while giving audiences exposure to some amazing up-and-coming artists.”

Chief financial officer Richard Cohen added, “We created GPR Records to add something special to the landscape. It is important for us to push boundaries with these unique compilations.”

The list of poems and performers on “Poetic License” is as follows:

1.      Jason Alexander (Robinson: Richard Cory)

2.      Glen Seven Allen (Shakespeare: Sonnet 131)

3.      Nancy Anderson (Blake: Mary)

4.      Linda Balgord (Strand: Eating Poetry)

5.      Christine Baranski (Shakespeare: How Happy Some)

6.      James Barbour (Kipling: If)

7.      Brent Barrett (Shakespeare: Sonnet 29 When In Distress)

8.      John Belhamm (Shakespeare: Hang My Poems)

9.      Reed Birney (Blanding: Some Lines Scrawled on a Door of a Vagabond’s House)

10.    Charles Busch (Browning: My Last Duchess)

11.    Danny Burstein (Hayden: Those Winter Sundays)

12.    Zoe Caldwell (Caldwell: On Behalf of Trees)

13.    Ann Hampton Calloway (Rilke Sonnet 3 from Orpheus)

14.    Alan Campbell (Lux: A Little Tooth)

15.    Douglas Carpenter (Whitman: To What You Said)

16.    Len Cariou (Shakespeare: Ye Elves)

17.    Donna Lynne Champlin (Cadell: The Job Interview)

18.    Philip Casnoff (Thomas: Fern Hill)

19.    Michael Cerveris (Ondaatje: The Cinnamon Peeler)

20.    Chuck Cooper (TBA)

21.    Donald Corren (Poe: Annabel Lee)

22.    Veanne Cox (Milton: Paradise Lost)

23.    Tyne Daly (Auden: But I Can’t))

24.    Daniel Davis (Cavafy: Waiting for the Barbarians)

25.    Paige Davis (Field: New Yorker)

26.    Ed Dixon (co Producer) (Frost: Bearer of Evil Tidings

27.    Mike Doyle (S.L. Johnson) Lovers on a Park Bench

28.    Melissa Errico: (Kenyon: Otherwise)

29.    Francesca Faridany (Rukeyser: Myth)

30.    Barbara Feldon (Atwood: I Would Like to Watch You Sleeping)

31.    Lauren Flanigan (Weinstein: Grosz)

32.    Peter Friedman (Levertov: Psalm Concerning the Castle)

33.    Penny Fuller (Lawrence: Terra Incognita)

34.    David Garrison (Frost: Road Less Traveled)

35.    Joanna Gleason (Neruda: Sonnet XVII)

36.    Amanda Green (Carroll: You Are Old Father Williams)

37.    Harriet Harris (Spice: Any Fool Can Get Into an Ocean)

38.    Roxanne Hart (Moore: Poetry)

39.    Florence Henderson (Longfellow: The Day is Done)

40.    Edward Hibbert (Bentjamin)

41.    George S. Irving (Fearing: Elegy in a Theatrical Warehouse)

42.    Dana Ivey (Henley: Invictus)

43.    Beth Howland (Parker: Sympton Recital)

44.    Moises Kauffman (Williams: Life Stories)

45.    Cady Huffman (Taylor Mali: A Dog Named Bodhidsattva)

46.    Byron Jennings (Yeats: When You Are Old and Grey)

47.    Judy Kaye (cummings: I thank God for this…)

48.    Lauren Kennedy (Stevens: The House was Quiet…)

49.    Charles Kimbrough (Browning: Meet At Night)

50.    Marc Kudisch (Frost: Fire and Ice)

51.    Claire Lautier (Donne: A Valediction…)

52.    Judith Light (Stoher: Soft Knife)

53.    Patti LuPone (TBA)

54.    Rebecaa Luker (Rosetti: Remember)

55.    Ramona Mallory (Silverstein: The Nap-taker)

56.    Jeff McCarthy (Collins: Conversion)

57.    Carolyn McCormick (Millay: Dirge Without Music)

58.    Roberta Maxwell (Stevie Smith: Not Waving But Drowning)

59.    Kate Mulgrew (Dickinson: I Could Not Stop for Death)

60.    Tom McGowan (Lawrence: Afternoon in School)

61.    Keith McDermott (Yeats: Second Coming

62.    Michael Minarek (Ammons: Beautiful Woman)

63.    Julia Murney (TBA)

64.    Cynthia Nixon (Milne: Vespers)

65.    Diedre O’Connell (Harrison: Barking)

66.    Cieran O’Reilly (Yeats: Cloths of Heaven)

67.    Nancy Opel (Clampitt: The Sun Underfoot Among…)

68.    Daniel Okulitch (Hoaglund: Self Improvement)

69.    Patrick Page (Shakespeare: Our Revels)

70.    Peter Paige (Anne Sexton)

71.    Guy Paul (Marvell: To His Coy Mistress)

72.    Michele Pawk (Karr: Last Love)

73.    Dean Pitchford (Parker: Song of a Hopeful Heart)

74.    Alice Playten (Kushner: An Undoing World)

75.    Sam Robards (Bunan: Die While You’re Alive)

76.    John Rubinstein (Coleridge: Ancient Mariner)

77.    Michael Rupert Ginsberg: A Supermarket in CA)

78.    Chris Sarandon (Tennyson: Ulysses)

79.    Lynn Sherr (Rich: Heroines)

80.    Paul Schoeffler (Owens: Dulce et Decorum Est)

81.    Matthew Schechter (Silverstein: The Poem Tester))

82.    Emily Skinner (Millay: Love is not All)

83.    Douglas Sills (Monette: Context)

84.    Carole Shelley (Wordsworth: Composed Upon Westminster)

85.    Bobby Steggart (Naruda: If You Forget Me)

86.    James Patrick Stewart (Pinsky: Doctor Frolic)

87.    Richard Thomas (Hopkins: Spring and Fall)

88.    Maria Tucci (Yeats: A Prayer for My Daughter)

89.    Kathleen Turner (Dorfman: Correspondence)

90.    Harriet Walter (Hardy: The Walk)

91.    Tony Walton (Cook: Blue Football)

92.    Brenda Wehle (Hirshfield: Lake and Maple)

93.    Chandler Williams (O’Hara: To The Harbour Master)

94.    JoBeth Williams (Keats: When I have fears)

95.    Geraint Wyn Davies (Thomas: In My Craft or Sullen…)

96.    Michael York (Kipling: Tommy)

97.    Chip Zien (Longfellow: Mezzo Cammin)

98.    Catherine Zeta-Jones

99.    Louis Zorich (Tennyson: Crossing the Bar)

100.  Alan Campbell (Lux: A Little Tooth)

101.  Gregory Jbara (Shakespeare: Bottom’s Dream)

102.  Michael Learned (Millay: An Ancient Gesture)

103.  Paul Provenza (Justice: Men at Forty)

“Poetic License” will be released on April 2nd, 2010 and will be available on and itunes (I will add links when available).

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