Whose Fantasy Is This?
What happens to a man after his wife walks out on him after 6 years? Can he find happiness again on the trail of broken hearts, lost dreams, and nights that go on forever? This album tells the true story of what happened to one man in a pop musical. Michael Bitterman's cathartic autobiographical output regarding the breakup of his marriage and the subsequent crazy life that happened afterwards. Produced & Recorded in 1985 this album features some of the best musicians in Woodstock, NY-Richard Morton, John Sebastian, Eric & Nicholas Parker, Cindy Cashdollar, Vinny Martucci, Ralph Carney (Tom Wait's sax player), Harvey Sorgen with great horn charts by Josh Shneider and many more. Plus-the great singing of Amy Fradon & Leslie Ritter, Michael wrote the music & lyrics for the off Broadway musical, Five After Eight, which played at the Cubiculo Theatre in New York in 1979 breaking all existing house records for that theater. The cast album was released by Original Cast Records in 1980 and re-released and mastered on CD in 1993. Michael wrote many musicals and revues which have been performed in regional theaters. His songs have been performed in many New York clubs including Ted Hooks ON STAGE, The Bottom Line, RENO SWEENEY & on a Gabe Kaplan ABC TV special. He has written radio jingles, music for films & videos, worked as a rehearsal pianist for Alan Klein (Beatles' manager), was a staff songwriter for Albert Grossman (manager for Bob Dylan, THE BAND, Janis Joplin, etc) and has been published by Chappel. He had his own show on WBAI called Mike Bitterman's Musical Murders. His musical styles range from pop, electronic and dramatic musical theater. As a Producer and Engineer he has produced several Woodstock compilation albums as well as albums with Priscilla Herdman, Jean Redpath, Denise Jordan Finley, Anna Cheek, John Sebastian, NRBQ, Graham Parker, Allan Shadow, Richard Shulman, Dennis Yerry, John Hall, Abby Newton, and many others.