"Family Guy" Funny Man MacFarlane to Cut Show Tunes Album

By Michael Preston
|  Monday, Aug 9, 2010  |  Updated 7:36 AM CDT
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Creator Seth MacFarlane attends the 'American Dad' panel on day 4 of Comic-Con International at San Diego Convention Center on July 25, 2010 in San Diego, California.

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It's no secret that "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane has a soft spot for musicals. During the animated show's run, he's managed to reference everything from "The Sound of Music" to producing full on parodies of the "Road to..." comedy films that starred Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

But now McFarlane is taking his love one step further by cutting a record of 40s and 50s show tunes, reports the New York Daily News.

Don't expect any funny business on the album, which will be released by Universal Republic Records. The tunes will be faithful covers of works from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and other famed composers.

"It's rare in this day and age to have the opportunity to create an album that celebrates the classic, sophisticated sound of rich, lush swing orchestrations, MacFarlane said.

During live events, the funny man has been known to sing the parody songs that pepper the show and he even received an Emmy for music and lyrics for "Family Guy" this year.

"It will be an absolute joy to sing this music, and I look forward to working with the entire team at Universal Republic on what we intend to make an exceptional project," he said.

McFarlane will be backed by a big band and orchestra and the album will be made with vintage techniques.

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