Aug 122013

FIRST DATE To Record Original Broadway Cast Album

Monday, August 12, 2013, the original Broadway cast recording of First Date, the critically acclaimed new romantic musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, will be recorded.  Executive produced by Altar Identity Studios, the album will be recorded and released by Yellow Sound Label, produced by Michael Croiter and Dominick Amendum and will be available through Amazon, iTunes and everywhere music is sold in the fall of 2013.  Directed by Bill Berry, First Datehasa book by Austin Winsberg, musical staging by Josh Rhodes, with orchestrations by August Eriksmoen and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum. 

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Apr 82013

PIPPIN Cast Album To Be Released By Ghostlight Records in June 2013

Ghostlight Records will release the New Broadway Cast Recording for Roger O. Hirson andStephen Schwartz’s beloved coming-of-age musical comedy Pippin, which is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) and opens on Thursday, April 25. The cast will record the album on April 29. The album will be release in June 2013 (date to be announced) and will feature material from the show never previously recorded. The album will be co-produced by composer Stephen Schwartz and Kurt Deutsch, and executive produced by Howard & Janet Kagan.

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Mar 52013

ANNIE to receive New Broadway Cast Recording on Shout! Broadway label

Shout! Factory, and its Broadway cast imprint Shout! Broadway, is pleased to announce that it will release and distribute the New Broadway Cast Recording for the critically- acclaimed production of the classic Broadway musical, Annie.

The album, featuring the original cast of the current production, began recording on March 3, 4 at the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios, and recording will continue on March 11, 2013.  The album is available for pre-order at the Palace Theatre and fans who wish to order online can reserve their copy at http://anniethemusicalshop.com starting on March 6, 2013.  The recording will be available for sale in early May 2013 at the Palace Theatre, at www.anniethemusical.com, in Broadway gift shops, and on iTunes. It will be available online and in stores nationwide soon thereafter at a date to be announced.

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Dec 32012

CITY OF HOPE: BROADWAY BLOWS BACK Benefit Concert

The Broadway company of Wicked in conjunction with Mark Fisher Fitness announced today that the New York theatre community will come together on Monday, December 10 to present City of Hope: Broadway Blows Back, a benefit concert to raise funds for New York and New Jersey communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.  The concert will take place at 7:30 PM at the Gershwin Theatre (222 W. 51st St.) and is sponsored by Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. 

City of Hope: Broadway Blows Back will feature performances by Broadway notables Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Robert Creighton (Anything Goes), Max Crumm (Grease), Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Dee Hoty (Follies), Natalie Joy Johnson (Silence! The Musical), Raymond J. Lee (Anything Goes), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), Jessie Mueller (On a Clear Day…), Julia Murney (Wicked), Christopher Sieber (Shrek), Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet), and Patrick Wilson (All My Sons) with more performers to be announced soon. 

Those interested in volunteering for the event can reach out by visiting www.BroadwayBlowsBack.com and clicking the “get involved” link.

50% of the proceeds from City of Hope: Broadway Blows Back will be donated to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of hurricane relief efforts. The Mayor’s Fund retains no administrative fee, and one hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief efforts and organizations. Funds will support immediate aid needs – including, food, water and hygiene supplies – as well as long-term relief and restoration for victims affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The remaining 50% of the proceeds from City of Hope: Broadway Blows Back will be donated to support relief efforts conducted by the Tunnel To Towers Foundation, a 501©(3) founded to honor the life and legacy of Stephen Siller (FDNY), 9/11 hero. Since its inception, the Tunnel To Towers has established “In the Line of Duty” programs for our most severely injured first responders and “Legacy of Love” programs including relief efforts with Hurricane Sandy. 100% of gross funds raised will immediately be used to provide much-needed resources to those areas hit hardest by the storm in NJ & NY. Tunnel to Towers is very proud of the fact that no donations are being spent on overhead, and ALL hurricane funds are going directly to relief.  The Foundation has active relief stations open 7 days a week in Red Hook –Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Long Beach – Long Island, and Staten Island. To learn more visit TunnelToTowers.org/RELIEF or follow on twitter @Tunnel2Towers.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.BroadwayBlowsBack.com.

Apr 172012

Nick Jonas HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING EP To Be Released Tuesday, May 8

Broadway Records will release an EP of Nick Jonas performing five tracks from the smash hit musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The CD will be released Tuesday, May 8, 2012, and will be available in the Hirschfeld Theatre the week of May 1. Pre-orders are now being taken here at amazon.com. Produced by six-time Grammy nominee Robert Sher who produced the Grammy nominated Daniel Radcliffe/John Larroquette How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying cast album, the new Nick Jonas recording is executive produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard of Broadway Consortium (Executive producers of the Radcliffe/Larroquette album) and Ken Mahoney. 

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying EP track list:

1. “How To Succeed” (Nick Jonas)

2. “Company Way” (Nick Jonas and Rob Bartlett)

3. “Rosemary” (Nick Jonas and Rose Hemingway)

4. “I Believe In You” (Nick Jonas)

5. “Brotherhood of Man” (Nick Jonas)

The 50th Anniversary production of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying currently stars international superstar Nick Jonas as J. Pierrepont Finch, Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning star of screen, television and stage Beau Bridges as J.B. Biggley, and making his Broadway debut, star of stage and television’s “Ugly Betty,” Michael Urie as Bud Frump, leading a cast of 30.

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Mar 52012

Kristin Chenoweth at NY City Center, June 2

 Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will launch her debut world tour in May. The 19-date North American leg of the tour kicks off May 9th in Seattle and concludes in Chenoweth’s hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on June 24th.  

Tickets for Kristin Chenoweth at NEW YORK CITY CENTER Saturday, June 2 at 8pm go on sale Monday, March 19th at 11am through NYCITYCENTER.ORG, CityTix at 212-581-1212 or the City Center Box Office (131 W. 55th St. between 6th and 7th).

In a rare concert appearance, Sony Recording Artist Chenoweth will perform songs from her latest album Some Lessons Learned, as well as an array of  her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from Wicked, Promises, Promises, and Glee.

Chenoweth has had an extraordinarily diverse career. In November 2010, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for her achievements.  She won a Tony Award for her role as Sally Brown in the Broadway musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. She is also celebrated for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked, which also earned her a Tony Award nomination. In 2010, she appeared as Fran Kubelik in Promises, Promises alongside Sean Hayes.

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Feb 242012

PS Classics To Record Two-Disc Broadway Cast Album of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS

PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, will record the New Broadway Cast Album of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess on March 12 & 13, 2012. 

The two-disc set will be produced by PS Classics co-founder, Tommy Krasker, who began his producing career with an acclaimed series of Gershwin studio cast recordings in the early 1990’s. Krasker anticipates a May 8th street date; the recording is currently available for pre-order at the label’s website, www.psclassics.com.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Besshas a cast led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, “Private Practice”) as Bess, Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misérables, Sondheim on Sondheim) as Porgy and two-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier (Race, “In Living Color”) as Sporting Life. The cast also includes Phillip Boykin as Crown, Nikki Renée Daniels as Clara, Joshua Henry as Jake, Christopher Innvar as Detective, Bryonha Marie Parham as Serena and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Mariah, as well as Sumayya Ali, Allison Blackwell, Roosevelt André Credit, Trevon Davis, Joseph Dellger, Wilkie Ferguson III, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Gavin Gregory, Heather Hill, David Hughey, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Alicia Hall Moran, Cedric Neal, Phumzile Sojola, Nathaniel Stampley, Julius Thomas III, J.D. Webster and Lisa Nicole Wilkerson.

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Feb 222012

Song List Announced For Broadway Production of NEWSIES

Disney Theatrical Productions is pleased to announce the song list for the upcoming Broadway production of Newsies, beginning performances at the Nederlander Theatre (208 W. 41st Street) on March 15th. The score will feature the best-loved songs from the film – many with new lyrics, counterpoints and arrangements to suit new plot points and the more fully fleshed out characterizations – and six songs added for the stage, including three songs newly written for Broadway since the Paper Mill production.

The Newsies song list will be as follows (subject to change):

Santa Fe (Prologue) - Jack and Crutchie 

Carrying The Banner - Company

The Bottom Line - Pulitzer, Seitz, Bunsen, Hannah and Nunzio

That’s Rich - Medda

Don’t Come A-Knocking - Jack, Katherine and Bowery Beauties

The World Will Know - Jack, Davey, Les and Newsies

The World Will Know (Reprise) - Jack, Davey, Les and Newsies

Watch What Happens - Katherine

Seize the Day - Company

Santa Fe - Jack

King of New York - Davey, Les, Katherine and Newsies

Watch What Happens (Reprise) - Jack, Davey, Katherine and Les

The Bottom Line (Reprise) - Pulitzer, Seitz and Mayor

Brooklyn’s Here - Spot Conlon and Newsies

Something to Believe In - Jack and Katherine

Seize the Day (Reprise) - Newsies

Once and For All - Jack, Davey, Les, Katherine, Darcy, Bill and Newsies

Seize the Day (Reprise) - Newsies

Santa Fe/ Carrying the Banner/ King of New York (Finale) - Jack and Company

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Feb 142012

NEWSIES To Release Original Broadway Cast Recording

As the cast and crew begin preparations for Newsies, the musical on Broadway, plans for the original cast recording have been announced. Revealed exclusively from behind-the-scenes at the first rehearsal, the original cast recording will be released this spring on Ghostlight Records. Click HERE to see the announcement in full, as well as reactions from the cast. 

Set to be recorded March 3rd - 5th in New York City, the album will capture what The New York Times calls, ‘terrific songs, buoyant melodies, rousing lyrics– and a sweet, funny, emotionally satisfying book. A musical worth singing about!’Fans can register to be the first to learn about the CD pre-sale and release information by joining the Newsies mailing list here

The cast recording will feature the musical’s score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and lyricist Jack Feldman, with book by four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy). The stage version introduces brand-new songs while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner,’ ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’ The iconic music will be performed by the musical’s original cast, headed by Jeremy Jordan.

The limited engagement of Newsies plays its first Broadway preview on March 15th, prior to its March 29th opening night. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Newsiesis directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Big River revival) and choreographed by Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific revival). 

Though intended only as a pilot production before the title was licensed for regional, professional and amateur productions, Newsies’ short run at the Paper Mill Playhouse last fall engendered extraordinary interest from the media and public alike. The show’s cast was invited to perform on ABC’s ‘The View©,’ the first time in the talk show’s 15-season history that a regional production had ever done so. Fans who had waited nearly 20 years to see Newsies live onstage, alongside audiences discovering the work for the first time, caused a sensation heard all the way to Times Square, prompting Newsweek.com to call the show, ‘one of the biggest surprises of the season…the talk of the town.’ 

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Feb 102012

Original Cast Recording Of ONCE Available Nationwide March 13th

Masterworks Broadwayreleases the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Once: A New Musical.Produced by Steve Epstein and Martin Lowe, the album will be available on March 13, 2012. Once begins previews at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 with opening night set for Sunday, March 18, 2012. 

Once is the celebrated new Broadway show based on the Academy Award®-winning film. The show includes all of the beloved songs written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová for the critically acclaimed film. The score features the Oscar®-winning hit “Falling Slowly,” as well as two new songs, “Abandoned in Bandon” and the Czech folk song “Ej Pada Pada Rosicka.” One of the most unique elements of this musical is that the 13-member cast of the show act, sing and play all of the instruments: there is no orchestra or separate band. A distinctive aspect to the cast album is that it was produced allowing these talented actors/musicians to record the music in the same style and environment as their stage show. This special recording process not only showcases the gorgeous new orchestrations by Martin Lowe, but also captures the live essence of this extraordinary ensemble.

Once tells the story of an Irish musician (Guy) and a Czech immigrant (Girl) drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty… and unforgettable in every way.

Tickets for the Broadway production are now on sale via Telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200. For more information on the musical, please visit www.oncemusical.com.

Tracklisting: 

  1. The North Strand 
  2. Leave 
  3. Falling Slowly 
  4. The Moon 
  5. Ej Pada Pada Rosicka 
  6. If You Want Me 
  7. Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy 
  8. Say It To Me Now 
  9. Abandoned In Bandon 
  10. Gold 
  11. Sleeping 
  12. When Your Mind’s Made Up 
  13. The Hill 
  14. It Cannot Be About That 
  15. Gold (A Cappella) 
  16. Falling Slowly (Reprise)

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