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Release Date:
 June 16, 2015

what the critics are saying

“Rodriguez nails it in his new one-man show, The First Time. With a youthful catch in his voice, he seems earnest, romantic and most of all, upbeat. Four stars!”
–Orlando Sentinel

If he sings anything in your town, go to see it: he is simply awesome!

Outstanding! One of the Top 10 performers of the year!
–Hilton Als, The New Yorker

He sings like a dream! Exuberant and vocally supple!
–Washington Post


Nicholas Rodriguez
The First Time...

Tagged as "spectacular" by The New York Times, "awesome" by NPR, and "outstanding" by The New Yorker, Nicholas Rodriguez fuses his love of theatre with the music of jazz, blues, folk and pop on his debut solo album. Drawn and expanded from his one-man show, The First Time... unleashes Rodriguez on a mix of Broadway and pop tunes that lifts familiar favorites into exciting new territory. As he slides effortlessly from smooth lows to an arresting falsetto, Rodriguez tackles songs by Stephen Sondheim (a rare male recording of the Oscar-winner "Sooner or Later"), Frank Loesser (a reinvented "I've Never Been in Love Before" that reflects Rodriguez's Mexican-American roots) and Rodgers & Hammerstein (an exultant jazz-waltz "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," a nod to his acclaimed performance as Curly at D.C.'s Arena Stage) alongside pop hits like Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" and Sara Bareilles' "Brave" -- then fuses the worlds of Broadway and pop with a knockout performance of Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart" from Tarzan, the show in which Rodriguez made his Broadway debut. Rodriguez is perhaps best known for his breakthrough performance as Nick Chavez in ABC's One Life to Live, for which he received the GLAAD Media Award and the 2009 Visibility Award. Now, PS Classics proudly presents his debut album, a portion of the proceeds from which will go to benefit the Broadway Dreams Foundation, where Rodriguez is the artistic director.

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track listing
  1. Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'
  2. He Comes for Conversation
  3. Sooner or Later
  4. Leaving on A Jet Plane
  5. I've Never Been In Love Before / Amor, Amor, Amor
  6. Waters of March
  7. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
  8. You'll Be In My Heart
  9. A Case of You
  10. Jolene
  11. Brave
  12. Sometimes
  13. That's All


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