Jeremy Jordan Performs Bonus Track on SEE ROCK CITY Cast Recording
Tony-nominee Jeremy Jordan will provide all nine voices for an a cappella "surprise" bonus track on the forthcoming See Rock City & Other Destinations original off-Broadway cast recording produced by Yellow Sound Label. The piece was arranged by the show's orchestrator Justin Hatchimonji and features a song from the Drama Desk-nominated score.
Jeremy Jordan made his Broadway debut in the metal musical Rock of Ages before appearing as Tony in West Side Story. His first original leading role was as the title outlaw in Frank Wildhorn's Bonnie & Clyde. Jeremy is currently head newsboy Jack Kelly in Newsies, for which he received a Tony nomination. He made his film debut alongside Dolly Parton in Joyful Noise and will join the cast of NBC's Smash this fall.
Transport Group Theatre Company, winner of both a Special Drama Desk Award and Obie Award, produced See Rock City & Other Destinations in 2010. The Drama Desk and Richard Rodgers Award-winning musical has music by Brad Alexander and book and lyrics by Adam Mathias. The show was directed by Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III.
See Rock City & Other Destinations ran July 17 through August 14, 2010 at The Duke on 42nd Street. In 2011, the show was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, and Outstanding Lighting Design. Librettist Adam Mathias won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical. Publishing and licensing for See Rock City & Other Destinations are handled by Samuel French, Inc. For complete information: www.seerockcitymusical.com
Winner of the 2008 Richard Rodgers Award for Staged Reading, administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the BMI Foundation's 2007 Jerry Bock Award, See Rock City & Other Destinations is a contemporary pop-rock musical about everyday travelers at tourist destinations across America. A wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along theNorth Carolina Interstate. A young man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico. A woman at the Alamo steps out of the shadow of her grandparents' idealized romance to take a chance on love. Three estranged sisters cruise to Glacier Bay to scatter their father's ashes. Two high school boys face unexpected fears in the Coney Island Spook House. A terrified bride-to-be ponders taking the leap...over Niagara Falls. Each story builds on the last to create a vivid travelogue of connections missed and connections made.
The entire original cast will reunite for the recording to take place on August 19, 2012. The cast includes Stanley Bahorek (Queen of the Mist, February House, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); Donna Lynne Champlin (Broadway's Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, OBIE Award winner for TG's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs); Jonathan Hammond (Broadway's Ragtime, OBIE Award winner The Boys in the Band); Ryan Hilliard (Off-Broadway's Grey Gardens, Godspell); Mamie Parris (Ragtime, national tours of Wicked and 9 to 5), Bryce Ryness (Drama Desk Award nominee HAIR, Leap of Faith); and Sally Wilfert (Make Me a Song, Assassins).
Prior to its New York premiere with Transport Group, See Rock City & Other Destinations received a developmental workshop with Transport Group in 2009. The musical received its world premiere at the Barrington Stage Company in 2008.
Brad Alexander (composer) is the composer of the Drama Desk Award-winning musical See Rock City & Other Destinations, Theatreworks USA's Click, Clack, Moo (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominee), Just So Stories, the upcoming Martha Speaks, and songs for Duck For President, If You Give A Pig A Pancake, and We The People (Lortel Award nominee). Brad received the Richard Rodgers Award and BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award for See Rock City & Other Destinations, as well as a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music. Brad's music has been featured on Sony Records, Select Records, Showtime's The L Word, and VH1's "Celebreality" campaign. Upcoming projects include Bread & Roses, with lyrics and book by Jill Abramovitz, and an album of new original songs. He is a member of The BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, National Alliance for Musical Theatre and The Dramatists Guild of America. www.bradalexander.com
Adam Mathias (book, lyrics) was awarded the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical-as well as the Richard Rogers Award and the Jerry Bock Award-for See Rock City & Other Destinations. Adam co-wrote the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival hit The Passion of George W. Bush (also, Joe's Pub.). As resident artist at Bakerloo Theatre Project, a classical theatre company, Adam wrote scores for The Tempest, 12th Night and The Imaginary Invalid, as well as creating Hamlet: What Dreams May Come, a four actor ninety-minute retelling of Shakespeare's masterpiece. He is a long-standing member of the BMI Lehmann Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop (Jerry Harrington Award.). He has a BFA in playwriting from The Theatre School, DePaul University and an MFA in musical theatre writing from NYU, Tisch. Upcoming projects include A History of Summer, a musical history of Fire Island, with composer Jonathan Monro. www.adamup.com