SOURCE: Jensen Communications

August 22, 2006 12:48 ET

Two Denny Randell-Penned Songs in the Tony Award-Winning Best Broadway Musical "Jersey Boys" -- "Let's Hang On" and "Workin' My Way Back To You" -- to Receive BMI "Million Airs" Performance

Awards on Aug. 24; His Classic Hit "A Lover's Concerto" Will Also Be Honored

Success of Randell & Schippers' Dance Hit "Alice of Wonderland" Continues to Build

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2006 -- Singer-songwriter, producer, arranger and (now L.A. based) "Native New Yorker" Denny Randell first rose to fame in the '60s for a wealth of now immortal hits including many by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Congratulations are in order for Randell as three of his songs for that legendary group -- "Workin' My Way Back To You," "Opus 17" and "Let's Hang On (To What We've Got)" -- are featured in the hit Broadway show "Jersey Boys," which recently won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Celebrating the Seasons' incredible musical legacy, "Jersey Boys" has exceeded the 300 performance mark at the August Wilson Theater and the original cast recording was #1 on Billboard's Broadway albums chart for most of June and July. Besides the Best Musical honor, "Jersey Boys" also won Tonys for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and Best Lighting Design. The National Tour of the much-lauded smash begins this November in San Francisco, CA.

In addition to being spotlighted in "Jersey Boys," two of Denny Randell's compositions are set to be honored with BMI "Million Air" Performance Awards for multi-million radio airplay totals. Randell will receive the awards at BMI's Manhattan offices on Thursday, August 24 at 2:30PM. That evening, Denny and his partner/collaborator Biddy Schippers will attend the 8PM performance of "Jersey Boys."

At BMI, Randell's "Workin' My Way Back To You" will be recognized for surpassing the staggering 5,000,000 spins mark, one of only a handful of songs, including "Yesterday," to do so (and, it's more than halfway to 6M already). "Let's Hang On (To What We've Got)" will be cited for over 3,000,000 spins -- as it quickly closes in on the 4 million mark. In addition, his classic hit "A Lover's Concerto" will also be honored with a BMI Performance Award, having long passed 4 million spins, making Denny Randell a "Million Air" many times over.

Currently, Denny -- via his Randell & Schippers' incarnation with Biddy Schippers -- is enjoying chart success with the dance smash "Alice In Wonderland," a recurrent hit at clubs and record pools nationwide. The track, and their album "Alice In Wonderland" (And Other Hot R&S Cuts) (on the duo's own Music Avenue Records/DRC Entertainment), is available through iTunes -- where it's scoring as a "Top 25 Dance New Album Release" -- and at major retail chains and independent stores nationwide. In addition to the original single version of "Alice," R&S' album also includes one of the hot remixes by Allen Jeffrey, director of pre-eminent dance pool "For The Record."

An write-up calls "Alice In Wonderland," "A hilarious romp... This isn't exactly the classic tale of 'Alice in Wonderland' though; rather, the classic tale is twisted and used (quite brilliantly) as an allegory for a young woman born with a silver spoon in her mouth who is forced to fend for herself for the first time in her life. Musically the song is impressive as well -- Randell & Schippers have been in the dance music biz long enough to really know what they're doing... A song that makes you want to dance and laugh at the same time -- for what more could you ask?"

Most recently, "Alice's" trippy narrative and elastic beat have instigated the creation of Randell & Schippers' newest brainchild, Alice's WonderBand, a funky-pop-house outfit certain to deliver more irresistible sides featuring Alice's further adventures as an ingénue in the big city. An anime-inspired cartoon version of R&S' "Alice" character has already drawn lots of attention -- and hundreds and hundreds of friends -- on R&S' myspace page.

Denny Randell and Biddy Schippers are also developing "Posthumously Yours," an original musical about a fading music superstar who fakes his own demise. Their aim is to have their inspired riff on pop culture's tendency to make some stars bigger in death than in life follow "Jersey Boys" onto Broadway.

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