Broadway stars unite to celebrate LGBTQ families through song
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Christopher and Clay Rice-Thomson hope to one day start a family of their own. But for now, they’ve channeled their fatherly instincts into a heartfelt musical project.
The New York-based actors and husbands are featured on “The Rainbow Lullaby,” a new 25-track collection that was billed as the world’s first lullaby album created specifically for LGBTQ families. Together, the couple imitate dogs, cats, pigs and horses on “Go to Sleep (The Animal Song)”, an unusual track.
“During the recording session, I imagined singing this song to our future children and it touched my heart,” said Chris, who has appeared in “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway and is on tour. in the United States with “Hamilton,” HuffPost told HuffPost in an interview. “Having our kids listening to this lullaby album one day made this experience and this whole album even more special and personal for both of us.”
Listen to “Go to Sleep (The Animal Song)” below.
The song, written by Fred Sauter, also gave the couple the opportunity to show off their acting skills. “We’re both very expressive people and we love to fool around and make people laugh,” said Clay, who appeared on “Newsies” and “Matilda the Musical” on Broadway. “When we were asked to create animal sounds, we had so much fun.”
The Rice-Thomsons are among a host of stars featured in “The Rainbow Lullaby,” which premiered Thursday. Lauren Patten, who landed a Tony last month for her performance in “Jagged Little Pill”, is featured on “Home of Three”, while “Come From Away” star Jenn Colella is part of a quartet on “Family Means”. Written by seven-time Oscar nominee Marc Shaiman, “Your Own Sweet Family” by Susie Mosher is remarkable.
Released Thursday on Broadway Records, “The Rainbow Lullaby” was premiered by actor and artist Ryan Bauer-Walsh. The album is a tribute to his mother, Nancy, who died of cancer last year, with proceeds going to the Ali Forney Center, the country’s largest homeless youth advocacy organization, LGBTQ.
“My mother has always given back, working in food aisles, churches and schools,” said Bauer-Walsh, also based in New York City. “Now it’s my turn to pass on this love and give something back to the community that has given me so much.”
Ultimately, Bauer-Walsh hopes “The Rainbow Lullaby” “will give a face to the modern queer family” and “a voice to a community that has long sought the warmth of a lullaby.”
“The idea that I can share the love my mother gave me with the world in the sweet dreams of children’s lullabies will not bring her back, but it will help her live forever,” he said. added, “and for that I will always be a grateful person.
Listen to “The Rainbow Lullaby” in full here.
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