Miles can be heard on his acclaimed solo album "might as well be..." and over two dozen original and studio cast recordings, including celebrated performances as Robert in Company, Georges in La Cage Aux Folles, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown, Lumiere in Beauty And The Beast, Javert in Les Miserables, The Wizard in Wicked, Applegate in Damn Yankees, Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl, Albert in Bye Bye Birdie, Herbie in Gypsy, Amos in Chicago and a thrilling turn as Tevye in a marvelous new recording of Fiddler On The Roof!
We're happy to feature many of Miles' recordings here. We've included embedded players and background information for a few favorites, and links to purchase many more through iTunes and Amazon. And you can always follow Miles on SoundCloud for an assortment of tracks from many of his studio and live recordings, all in one place for your listening pleasure.
“might as well be…”
Unfortunately, this acclaimed live recording of Miles' hit show "might as well be..." is out of print, but keep an eye out for future releases!
We are pleased to offer a selection of tracks from the album for your listening pleasure.
"Miles Phillips' debut CD 'might as well be...' captures all the warmth of this singer and the joy of catching him In-Person. It is frequently requested by my listening audience."
David Kenny / WBAI-FM
"Miles Phillips DAZZLED! Musical excellence ... superb phrasing, taste and a burnished top register that rings with authority ... not to mention he's handsome, charming and funny! Pick up Phillips' terrific CD 'might as well be...'"
David Hurst / Show Business Weekly
"Passionate heart... luscious voice and a great sense of humor... a very entertaining set!"
Bradshaw Smith / Broadway Beat
"Miles' talent is an extraordinary thing. The man can sing but it's how he sings and from where he sings that moves me deep inside. There's a beauty to his voice and a range many men would envy but he can also sing a Jazz tune with the best of them swinging like a young Frank and then belt out a show tune in a fashion that any Broadway veteran would covet. I LOVE his CD. It's intimate and sexy and real... Don't miss the chance to buy this CD or see Miles live when he next performs."
Sue Matsuki / Multiple Award-Winning Vocalist and Columnist
"I especially enjoyed Miles' treatment of 'Another Hundred People' mixed with 'Eleanor Rigby' -- the songs are a surprising, but natural fit musically and lyrically, giving us both sides of the calculation and the pathos of loneliness existing ironically in both isolation and excess. It's beautifully performed by Miles, Julie Reyburn and Mark Janas. Singers will be doing covers of these covers for a long time. Bravi!"
Deian McBryde / EvanMedia.net
"'might as well be. . .' is the perfect antidote for whatever ails you! I have a random CD player & this CD always seems to find its way into the mix! Favorite selections include WHERE THE BOYS ARE (SUCH FUN!), I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU/COME BACK TO ME, and WANTING/ IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL ...and that's just for starters! This CD should come with a warning label! THIS IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE! I'm listening to it right now!"
Richard Skipper / Multiple Award-Winning Entertainer and Author
The Broadway Musicals of 1930
Miles stars with some of Broadway’s brightest in one of the hottest tickets of the season!
"We can finally breathe a sigh of relief: Broadway by the Year has returned to Town Hall, and all is right with the world."
"In what may be the finest entry to date in the popular Town Hall series, that haul was revisited by an attractive assemblage of Broadway principals and gypsies who strolled through some two dozen showtunes, many of which became durable standards."
Robert in Company is one of Miles’ favorite roles and recording the show for a studio cast album was a dream come true. Word of the recording reached Stephen Sondheim and his publishers. They invited Miles to come in and chat (for a few hours). Miles left that afternoon with two signed scores, a folder full of unpublished songs and a beautiful note from Sondheim, calling Miles “one of the very, very few definitive Roberts, and an important theater voice.”
“The performance of Miles Phillips in the lead is excellent - fully realized, very present and nuanced. His Bobby is more vulnerable and accessible. The ‘Barcelona’ duet with Christina Bianco is a real scene: they mine its numerous twists and turns that have comic potential and it's truly funny. The revelation here is Miles' riveting performance of ‘Someone Is Waiting,’ full of longing and desperation with emotional complexity.”
Rob Lester / TalkinBroadway.com
Fiddler On The Roof
Initially, Miles politely declined the offer to play Tevye. Five times! Assuming there was no way, being as WASP-y as they make them, he'd ever play Tevye on stage. But producer Stephen Pearl persisted and convinced him to bring Tevye to life in the recording studio. Pearl then put the project on hold, because he'd had an inspiration to write all new orchestrations - for a live Klezmer Band (the traditional Yiddish band of Accordion, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Tuba, Guitar, Bass, Drums and - of course - Fiddle)! He got enthusiastic approval from Broadway's original creative team (Bock, Harnick & Prince) and set to work.
That gave Miles plenty of time to mull and fret over how he'd approach such an iconic role. He found his 'hook' in a softened version of a Russian/Yiddish dialect, as opposed to the American/Yiddish made iconic by the original Tevye, Zero Mostel. The delightful end result was a beautiful, layered, portrayal of Tevye, in a refreshingly authentic musical setting. And now Miles can't wait for the chance to step into Tevye's boots again!
“Playing Tevye is someone whose voice I know well from his prior work, though I probably would not have recognized his voice as he's using it differently, so fully into character is he. Miles Phillips' Tevye is feisty, forceful, wearing his heart and conflicts on both his sleeves. His taken-seriously characterization veers toward the more cerebral and burdened, less broadly comic and jovial than we sometimes hear. Still, he has his bouts of ebullient abandon to balance that."
Rob Lester / TalkinBroadway.com
“On this album, Tevye is performed by Miles Phillips, award-winning actor, director, and New York cabaret star. I wondered if the handsome, blond, blue-eyed lyric baritone could effectively play the iconic Jewish milkman. To paraphrase Tevye’s monologue: On the one hand, he’s no Zero Mostel. But on the other hand, he is the dazzling and multi-talented Miles Phillips. In this case that’s a good thing because he is splendid in Fiddler. Sporting a convincing Russian Yiddish accent, Phillips hits the high notes and harmonizes beautifully with the cast. A big treat is his nuanced acting, which is especially lively in the dialogue in Tevye’s Monologue and Tevye’s Rebuttal. He belts his heart out in If I were a Rich Man, and has such fun that I could easily imagine him playing Tevye on stage, blue eyes and all. Phillips and Sarah Downs (Golde) have an audible chemistry and bring a refreshing friskiness to Do You Love Me? There’s much more to this album than a mere rendition of show tunes. There is added dialogue for fullness that allows the performers to do much more with the songs — and they really go for it. A new tradition!”
Patricia Gay / BroadwayWorld.com
Words Words Words & Music
In 2001, Ralph Carhart, Artistic Director of Revolving Shakespeare Company approached Miles about directing a show for the company and Miles created a show that had been brewing in his head for a while, a revue of Shakespeare in song titled Words Words Words & Music. The show was a smash hit and the cast eventually went to the recording studio to capture the show on a delightful original cast album. Sadly, the company disbanded and went the way of too many brilliant companies in New York, before the album could be released. But we’re pleased to offer a few tracks that Miles appears on, for you to enjoy here.
"Speaking of sold-out events, catch Words Words Words & Music, presented by Revolving Shakespeare, New York's newest and hottest Classical Theatre company. I saw this show on Saturday and am going again tonight! It is fantastic fun for all! A creative, intensive work such as rarely seen in cabaret, full of laughs, wonderful songs and so much talent!!!! Some Broadway shows don't even have this much talent onstage. The good news is that it will be returning soon for those who missed it. WHAT A GREAT SHOW!!!!!"
Stu Hamstra / Cabaret Hotline
“It is the best revue I've seen this year! See this amazing evening of theatrical cabaret! Miles Phillips has taken the spoken word of Shakespeare and woven it with pop, classical and most importantly, Broadway music along with some highly choreographed moments and added delightful touches of humor, to achieve an intelligent and highly entertaining evening. It is completely satisfying and it has just been given the extension it needs to be eligible for a MAC Award, which it truly deserves. Left me breathless! A MUST SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Michael Nelsen / MNnyc.com
"It has a fabulous (and attractive!) cast of singing actors, in an eclectic and inventive program that blends brief snippets of the Bard (and this group handles their verse as well as they do their verses) with musical numbers with more range and diversity than you're likely to see on any cabaret stage. From the halls of Elsinore to a certain 'uncharted desert isle' (don't ask!), from ravishing arias to showtunes to a T-bone steak (don't ask!), from very witty dance numbers to a soaring vocal quintet, it's quite a ride!"
Jeff Matson / jeffreymatson.com