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Dance on a Moonbeam

July 25, 2000 | Telarc
| Written by: Bill Crofut | Music: The London Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Angelicus ‎
Contributing spoken word readings selected from Shakespeare’s works, Meryl Streep heads an eclectic group of top-drawer talents featured on banjo master Bill Crofut's final project, the posthumously released children’s CD, "Dance on a Moonbeam". Completed late in Crofut's life, some months after he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, "Dance on a Moonbeam" features many of the world class artists who knew Crofut or had worked with him in the past. Shortly before his death, Meryl Streep traveled to Crofut’s home in Sandisfield, Mass. where she contributed readings of Shakespeare, which were then interspersed between songs performed by vocalists Julianne Baird, Benjamin Luxon, Dawn Upshaw and Frederica von Stade. Also featured are the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Angelicus.
Cast: Julianne Baird, Benjamin Luxon, Dawn Upshaw, Frederica von Stade, Meryl Streep
01   While You Sleep/The Merchant Of Venice: How Sweet The Moonlight…
02   Dandling Songs
03   A Midsummer Night’s Dream: I’ll Follow You…/Alligator Hedgehog
04   The Chipmunk’s Day
05   Mr. Bear
06   The Fox
07   A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Ouzel Cock…
08   The Cuckoo/Leatherwing Bats
09   Little Trotty Wagtail
10   The Friendly Cow
11   A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Through The House Give Glimmering Light…
12   The Table And The Chair
13   Sonnet XVIII: So Long As…
14   Simple Gifts
15   Sweet Nightingale
16   White Fields
17   King Lear: He That Has…
18   In Just
19   The Winter’s Tale: When You Speak, Sweet…
20   Dance To Your Daddy
21   Can Ye Sew Cushions/The Christ Child’s Lullaby
22   Bourree/Henry IV: She Bids You On The Wanton Rushes…
23   Child’s Song/The Early Morning
24   All Through The Night/A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Sleep Thou…
25   Hansel And Gretel: Humperdinck: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

26   Romeo And Juliet: Sleep Dwell Upon Thine Eyes…

According to an article in Playbill, Meryl Streep met Crofut in 1997, at a benefit for Connecticut’s Northwest Center for Family Service and Mental Health, where she appeared with Sam Waterston. Of that encounter, Streep wrote that she remembered saying, “Are you THE Bill Crofut, the one of ‘Lullabies and Dances?’ That record is magical, and I played it like a mantra when I was away on location. Thank you!”

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