Dee Snider – Dee Does Broadway
(2012, Razor & Tie)
2. “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”
3. “Big Spender”
4. “Mack the Knife”
5. “Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)”
6. “Music of the Night”
7. “The Joint Is Jumpin'”
8. “Luck Be a Lady Tonight”
9. “I Get a Kick Out of You”
10. “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame”
11. “Razzle Dazzle”
Dee Snider – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitar
Rudy Sarzo – Bass
Brett Chassen – Drums, Backing Vocals
Doug Katsaros – Keyboard, Piano, Backing Bocals
Clay Aiken – Vocals (“Luck Be A Lady Tonight”)
Cyndi Lauper – Vocals (“Big Spender”)
Bebe Neuwirth – Vocals (“Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)”)
Patti Lupone – Vocals (“Tonight/Somewhere”)
Jesse Blaze Snider – Vocals (“The Joint Is Jumpin'”)
Producer: Dee Snider, Bob Kulick & Brett Chassen
So the lead singer of Twisted Sister and writer/director of the horror movie Strangeland wants to do a rocked-out Broadway album? It actually doesn’t sound so out of place. Dee takes chances (A Twisted Christmas and the Halloween of equivalent of Trans-Siberian Orchestra– Van Helsing’s Curse) and it seems to work more often than not and Dee Does Broadway works. I could also see Alice Cooper doing something like that and making it work as well.
After all, Dee has always had a flair for the theatrics. That’s exactly what Twisted Sister was built upon. And it’s not like these Broadway numbers are played straight. They are given a heavy metal makeover and it all works incredibly well. “Whatever Lola Wants” sounds downright sinister with a heavy metal sheen added to it.
Snider’s voice still holds up too and he’s not doing some cheap lounge lizard act here. Definitely one of the best rock/metal vocalists of all-time. Much like Kevin DuBrow, I’ve always felt his voice was bigger & better than the band he’s famous for.
Dee’s duet with Cyndi Lauper on “Big Spender” is my favorite track here but there’s plenty of other worthy tracks. One of the most pleasantly surprising tracks of Dee’s duet with Clay Aiken on “Luck Be A Lady Tonight”. You figure if any song is gonna play it safe and traditional, it’ll be the Clay Aiken song. And it starts out that way. Then it turns into a blistering heavy metal track with Dee Snider sounding absolutely venomous and sharing some heavy metal screaming with Clay (who actually does a decent job!).
Dee Does Broadway is a really fun album that finds a middle ground between metal and musicals. Worth seeking out if that sounds like your type of thing.
Highlights: “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”, “Big Spender”, “Mack the Knife”, “Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)”, “Luck Be A Lady Tonight”, “Tonight/Somewhere”