Jen Cody, Eddie Korbich & Samantha Sturm Featured on The Ensemblist's Original Cast Recording Episode
For many young, aspiring performers, original cast recordings are the first window into the world of Broadway. From studying the golden age classics to keeping up with the most contemporary shows, these albums allow Broadway's light to shine far beyond Times Square. In this episode, Broadway actors Jen Cody, Eddie Korbich, and Samantha Sturm take us through the process of recording these treasured relics. From rehearsals to orchestrations to recording in studios with an abundance of musical history, being a member of an original cast and getting to make an album is a thrilling journey.
Cody (Cats, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, Urinetown the musical, Taboo, Best Little Whorehouse, Pajama Game, Shrek, A Christmas Story) can be heard on the original cast recordings for The Wild Party (off-Broadway), Seussical, Taboo, Pajama Game, and Shrek. She shares many unseen aspects of the recording studio- like how your voice never quite sounds they way you think it will- as well as an explanation as to how she was in the original Broadway cast of Urinetown, but is not heard on the original cast album.
Korbich (Singin' in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, Carousel, Seussical, Wicked, After the Night and the Music, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Little Mermaid, A Christmas Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) is featured on the original cast recordings of Carousel, Seussical, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Little Mermaid, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. He talks about the technicalities of of who must be credited on an original cast album, regardless of whether or not they did the recording, and shares his favorite recording experiences.
Sturm (The Addams Family, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Matilda) has had the pleasure of recording the original cast albums for all three of her Broadway credits. In this episode, she joins Cody and Korbich in explaining the many technical terms of the recording process, as well as sharing her touching experience of hearing her first solo lines on the Matilda cast album.
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