RECENT & UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:
Congratulations to Philip: 2012 Grammy nominee for co-producing the New Broadway Cast Recording of Follies.
From April 19 to May 12, Philip will be starring in Music Theatre of Connecticut's production of Cole, the musical based on the words and music of Cole Porter. For tickets & info, visit musictheatreofct.com or call 203.454.3883. Philip's solos include "Night and Day," "So in Love," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Happen to Like New York."
Speaking of "I Happen to Like New York," it's just one of the songs Philip performs on the new CD release NOEL AND COLE, which also features the illustrious talents of Sara Jean Ford, Euan Morton, Matthew Scott, Elizabeth Stanley and Barbara Walsh.
Philip appears opposite Rebecca Luker and Jason Graae in the world premiere recording of the George Gershwin's earliest surviving musical, SWEET LITTLE DEVIL. Andy Propst at Theatermania called it "a stunning studio recording, a buoyant joy," while Rob Lester at Talkin' Broadway hailed it as "a bright, bouncy, sprightly, spiffy, springy delight." Click here to see a track listing, to hear clips and to order.
Philip appears opposite Marin Mazzie and Danny Burstein in the world premiere recording of the long-lost Vernon Duke/Ogden Nash musical, SWEET BYE AND BYE. A futuristic farce sending up big business, telecommunications, robotics, space travel, self-help groups and even the traditions of courtship and matrimony, at heart SWEET BYE AND BYE is a simple love story with some of the most beautiful ballads Broadway had ever heard! Click here to see a track listing, to hear clips and to order. To see what the American Music Review had to say about Philip's performance, click here.
REVIEWS OF "WHEN THE WIND BLOWS SOUTH":
Philip's third solo album, WHEN THE WIND BLOWS SOUTH, is now on sale! Philip revisits his Southern roots and brings them to bear on the music he loves best. It's the sounds of the old South gently filtered through the music of Broadway. Click here to see a track listing, to hear clips and to order.
In the Spring 2009 issue of Southern Breeze magazine, Mark A. Newman called Philip "a true crooner in the tradition of the greats, from Tony Bennett and Sinatra to Harry Connick, Jr. and Michael Buble. He doesn't just sing a song; he vocally caresses it, resulting in a fanciful aural feast." After offering high praise for "Leaving on a Jet Plane" ("the immediate standout"), "Old Devil Moon" ("decidedly joyful"), "Love Walked In" ("spectacular"), and "Pardon My Southern Accent" ("a no-holds-barred, unapologetic revelry in being from the South"), he concluded, "WHEN THE WIND BLOWS SOUTH is an unforgettable collection of standards with a wickedly Southern twist that is best served with an ice-cold mint julep under the gentle breeze of a slowly rotating ceiling fan!"
At Playbill.com, Steven Suskin named it one of the top albums of 2008. So did Rob Lester at Talkin' Broadway, who called the album "a joy," "elegant and effervescent," and the "musical equivalent of a Thanksgiving feast," cheering, "Philip Chaffin's newest solo album is his most satisfying, after two prior releases that were quite strong and rewarding. Not just a sturdy and robust musical theatre singer (that side, quite prominent before, remains a facet), his previous firmly established way with ballad crooning has risen to a new level, with more colors and textures to the voice."
At Potomac Stages, Brad Hathaway trumpeted, "The top slot for a vocalist's solo album this year belongs to Philip Chaffin. Of course, he's held a similar place in earlier lists as a result of the lovely Warm Spring Night and the rapturous Where Do I Go From You? This time out he mixes a Broadway sensitivity with his down-south heritage on songs from such southern-tinted writers as Johnny Mercer and some who probably never had a southern bone in their body such as George Gershwin. As with the earlier outings, this is a superbly produced song set that can contribute to a gathering as background music or reward solo listening under earphones with an evening drink - perhaps a mint julep."