All major sports are cancelled forn the time being, the NBA is considering a H-O-R-S-E tournament, MLB might begin their season fan-less in Arizona, and the NFL is doing a remote draft. Times are strange. So it should come as no surprise when I reveal that Major League starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates Steven Brault has released an album of show tunes, because … why not, I guess. What else is he supposed to do?!
This is real:
The album — and this story on his musical background — came out today. https://t.co/EwfrGxS5kk
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 3, 2020
You can find the album on Apple Music or Spotify, as well as his website, StevenBraultAlbum.com. But you can take a look at his track listing below. I think you’ll recognize more than a few of these theater hits, even if musicals aren’t your thing (and yes, that’s that Josh Bell featured on track #2).
- The Greatest Show
- Wait for Me (Feat. Josh Bell)
- I Believe
- You’ll Be Back
- If I Could Tell Her
- Seasons of Love
- Defying Gravity
- Unchained Melody
- Butter Outta Cream
- Music of the Night
- It Only Takes a Taste
- You’ll Never Walk Alone
Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Hamilton … Brault broke out all the hits.
To be perfectly clear, I’ve listened to only one song – You’ll be Back (from Hamilton) – because that’s the only musical I’ve actually seen of the ones listed above, and I’ve gotta say … he kinda killed it. If you’re unfamiliar with that one, it’s a comedic song sung with a British accent, which makes the whole performance from Brault even more ridiculous and impressive. I honestly can’t believe how much he nailed it.
But still … an MLB pitcher released an album of showtunes? What universe is this?