( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Elite Cast Unites on Broadway’s “The Music Man” Soundtrack, Out Now
ENSPIRE Contributor: Claya Davis
The producers of Broadway’s The Music Man, a quintessential musical comedy, announced early last week that the Meredith Willson musical was being transformed into a cast recording by Accidental Jacket Entertainment. I ln label partnership with Time-Life, this is especially exciting news because Broadway’s The Music Man cast includes some incredibly talented forces, such as Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.
The album was executively produced by Stephen Shultz and Catherine Shultz and produced by seven-time Grammy Award nominee Robert Sher, in collaboration with Brian Gillet and Huck Walton.
Released on Friday (Sept. 23), the album features the musical’s entire cast, including Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn, and Tony Award winner Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo
Broadway’s original The Music Man musical is directed by the incredible Jerry Zaks, the four-time Tony Award winner. Warren Carlyle choreographed the musical, and the performance is currently playing to sold-out audiences at the Winter Garden Theater.
While this album version of The Music Man is certainly worth a listen, it is not the first of its kind. The first cast recording of The Music Man was released during the musical’s first Broadway stint, in 1958. It spent an astonishing 245 weeks on the Billboard charts and the album received the very first Grammy for “Original Cast Album” the following year.
30 years after the original album’s release, in 1992, the cast recording cemented its place in music history when it was certified platinum. It is currently listed as #15 on Playbill’s list of Best-Selling Cast Recording of All-Time, preceded by Cats and directly after Les Miserables.
The Music Man is currently still on Broadway, but will conclude its run early next year (Jan.1). Visit this link to purchase tickets to the final performances.
Check out the video below for an inside look at Broadway’s The Music Man.
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