We here at 'Classicalite' understand that the week can be long and sometime some stories go unread. That is why we have devised the Weekly Reprise to keep you up to date on all the latest buzz. Show-Tune junkies get ready for next fix. It was recently announced that the London cast recording of 'American Psycho the Musical' will be released alongside the show’s Broadway debut. Starring 'Doctor Who’s' Matt Smith and featuring music by Spring Awakenings own Duncan Sheik, this blood soaked ode to the 80’s is a must grab. Speaking of must. Sony Masterworks is gearing up to release a live audio recording of the UK’s production of 'Kinky Boots.'
Sony Masterworks will be producing a live recording of 'Kinky Boots' from the London's Adelphi Theatre. Kinky Boots originated in Chicago in 2012 and landed on on Broadway in 2013 winning six Tony Awards. The orginal cast started Stark Sands as Charlie Price and Billy Porter as Lola/ Simon. Famed rocker Cyndi Lauper wrote the music for the show with actor/writer Harvey Fierstein ('Hairspray') provided the book. The current West End production stars Killian Donnelly as Charlie and Matt Henry as Lola.
London is about to get really lucky. Not only did Guys and Dolls recently make its way to the West End but soon it will be heading into the living rooms of all of Britain. The BBC will be recording the production of the classical musical directed by Gordon Greenberg. The recording will come soon to include the initial cast which includes: Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson, Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown, Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide and David Haig as Nathan Detroit. Parker and Thompson first appeared together in the 2014 Chichester Festival Theater. The current production is playing at London's Savoy Theatre.
I was recently made aware of an amazing new(ish) musical that has invaded my brain and I thought I would return the favor and share it with all of you pitiful children. It’s called 'Be More Chill.' Based on the 2004 Ned Vizzini novel of the same name, the story revolves around high school nobody Jeremy Heere (Will Connolly, Once) who takes a pill containing a microcomputer (Eric William Morris, Coram Boy) known as a Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor (S.Q.U.I.P.) in order to become less of a loser. 'Be More Chill' was written by Joe Iconis (music and lyrics) and Joe Tracz (book). The musical originated at the Two Rivers Theater in early 2015 and was directed by Stephen Brackett. The soundtrack was released by Ghostlight Records in Dec 2015.
Fox’s 'Rocky Horror Show Live' event is starting to feel real. The casts is all coming together with the recent addition of Tony winning actress Annaleigh Leigh as Columbia and Tim Curry as the Narrator. Recently Victoria Justice (Janet Weiss) has been sharing with us looks at the show behind the scenes now that rehearsals and recording have begun.
When you combine the music of Alan Menken with Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz you get a recipe for the perfect musical. Throw that in with a book by, frequent Sondheim collaborator, James Lapine and you have yourself one hell of a show. The name of that show is 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. Based on Victor Hugo’s original novel with songs from the 1996 animated Disney classic, both of the same name, this highly anticipated musical sadly didn’t make it to the Broadway stage. However, we now have a way to enjoy this dream collaboration of musical theater talent. On Jan 22 Ghostlight records released the Studio Cast Recording of Hunchback of Notre Dame and the results speak for themselves.