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NBC's 'The Playboy Club' to release weekly music on iTunes

September 19, 2011 | 11:02 am


NBC’s freshmen series "The Playboy Club” won't just feature sexy bunnies and soap opera drama -- the show will also be big on music. 

Each episode of the 1960s-era drama about  Hugh Hefner's iconic Playboy Club in Chicago will feature multiple performances, by both the show's cast -- mainly the club's 'bunny' hostesses -- and guest stars paying tribute to '60s music legends who once performed at the club.

In the vein of Fox’s hit musical “Glee,” the series will release the music on a weekly basis for purchase via iTunes. The show’s production company, 20th Century Fox Television, teamed with Verve Music Group, a division of Universal Music Group, to release the tunes, the label announced on Monday. 

“The Playboy Club” premieres Monday and will feature performances of Frank Sinatra’s "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)," by cast member Laura Benanti, and Ike & Tina Turner’s "Shake a Tail Feather,” courtesy of guest star Karen LeBlanc.

Colbie Caillat, “The Voice” winner Javier Colon, and Raphael Saadiq are all set to appear on the series performing the music of Lesley Gore, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, respectively. Tributes to Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra, James Brown and others are expected throughout the season. 

The Los Angeles-based production collective the Transcenders is producing the tracks for the show, and cast vocals are being helmed by singer Richard Marx in Chicago, where the series is filmed.


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Photo: Amber Heard, Naturi Naughton and Leah Renee star in the new drama, ''The Playboy Club." Credit: Matt Dineerstein / NBC