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Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sung by Debbie Gravitte. That's correct, SUNG by Debbie! You can download this song from her album "The MGM Album", which includes songs from all the great MGM films of the past.
Music plays a crucial part in 2001, and not only because of the relatively sparse dialogue. From very early on in production, Kubrick decided that he wanted the film to be a primarily non-verbal experience,one that did not rely on the traditional techniques of narrative cinema, and in which music would play a vital role in evoking particular moods. About half the music in the film appears either before the first line of dialogue or after the final line. Almost no music is heard during any scenes with dialogue. The film is remarkable for its innovative use of classical music taken from existing commercial recordings. Most feature films then and now are typically accompanied by elaborate film scores or songs written especially for them by professional composers. In the early stages of production, Kubrick had actually commissioned a score for 2001 from noted Hollywood composer Alex North, who had written the score for Spartacus and also worked on Dr. Strangelove. However, during post-production, Kubrick chose to abandon North's music in favor of the now-familiar classical music pieces he had earlier chose as "guide pieces" for the soundtrack. North did not know of the abandonment of the score until after he saw the film's premiere screening. The initial MGM soundtrack album release contained none of the material from the altered and uncredited rendition of "Aventures", used a different recording of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" than that heard in the film, and a longer excerpt of "Lux Aeterna" than that in the film.
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"One of the best voices on Broadway."
- Associated Press
Debbie Gravitte has had a varied career taking her from the Broadway Stage to the Symphony Hall and points between. She won the prestigious TONY AWARD for Best Featured Actress In A Musical for JEROME ROBBIN'S BROADWAY, along with a Drama Desk Award Nomination as well as the New York Showstopper Award. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of THEYRE PLAYING OUR SONG, she went on to appear in: PERFECTLY FRANK (DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATION), BLUES IN THE NIGHT, AINT BROADWAY GRAND, ZORBA, CHICAGO, and LES MISERABLES. Debbie has appeared in the ENCORES series productions of THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, TENDERLOIN, and CARNIVAL at New Yorks CITY CENTER.
"We're talking mega-talent here!"
- Rex Reed
Debbie has performed her nightclub act worldwide, from New York Citys RAINBOW AND STARS, to Londons PIZZA ON THE PARK, and back home again to Atlantic City, where shes had the honor to perform with notable talents such as JAY LENO, HARRY ANDERSON, and the legendary GEORGE BURNS.
"A dynamic Broadway belter"
- New York Daily News
Debbie has sung with numerous symphony orchestras including NATIONAL SYMPHONY (WITH MARVIN HAMLISH), BOSTON POPS, ATLANTA SYMPHONY,CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA, PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY, UTAH SYMPHONY, ST. LOUIS, HOUSTON and SAN DIEGO SYMPHONIES. Overseas, she has sung with the LONDON, AALBORG AND BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC, GOTESBORG and JERUSALEM SYMPHONIES, MUNICH PHILHARMONIC, ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA and SYMPHONICA OF BRAZIL.
"A magnetic stage presence"
On television, Debbie co-starred on the CBS series TRIAL AND ERROR and NBCS PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, and starred in several specials for PBS, including LIVE FROM THE KENNEDY CENTER, BOSTON POPS CELEBRATE BERNSTEIN, RODGERS & HART for GREAT PERFORMANCES, and IRA GERSHWINS 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION from Londons ROYAL ALBERT HALL and CARNEGIE HALL. She recently returned to CARNEGIE HALL with SKITCH HENDERSON and NY POPS.
"Gravitte can swing, slink, emote, belt and torch
and theres not a dull track here.
Its unlikely that there will be a better solo
album from a theatre singer this year!"
- Theater Week
Debbie recently finished her latest CD, DEFYING GRAVITY, a follow-up to THE MGM ALBUM, PART OF YOUR WORLD and THE ALAN MENKEN ALBUM. Her other recordings include CALAMITY JANE, UNSUNG SONDHEIM, LUCKY STIFF, MISS SPECTACULAR, LOUISIANA PURCHASE, BROADWAY CHRISTMAS, MACK AND MABEL IN CONCERT, MISS SPECTACULAR, TENDERLOIN, LUCKY IN THE RAIN, ZORBA, JEROME ROBBIN'S BROADWAY, THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, BILLION DOLLAR BABY, and THE MUSICALITY OF PORTER.
"You had better believe shes on Broadway to stay!"
- New York Times
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