Matt Bogart, Jessica Burrows & More to Celebrate HIMSELF AND NORA Cast Recording Release, 6/23
This week, Jay Productions LTD released the original cast album of Jonathan Brielle's critically acclaimed musical "Himself and Nora" about the tumultuous romance of famed writer James Joyce and his muse, lover and most ardent supporter, chambermaid Nora Barnacle. After it's resounding success at the at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in July, 2012 at The Theater at St. Clements, director Michael Bush's production was then presented last season at Hamilton Stage in Rahway, New Jersey
Produced by John Yap, on JAY Records the retail price of the CD will be $15.99 and is now available on iTunes and Amazon.com for download. JAY Records is distributed by Allegro Corp.
On June 23, La Vie Productions, The Development Wing & Jay Records will celebrate the release of the CD with an evening of food, wine and song featuring performances by the original cast at 353West as it prepares for its commercial New York run. Stars Matt Bogart and Jessica Burrows will reprise their roles as James Joyce and Nora Barnacle for a start-studded gathering. For more information please contact HimselfandNora@LaVieProductions.com.
Michael Bush brought to life Brielle's "Himself and Nora", a musical tale of the greatest love story never told - Himself...the brilliant and hard drinking Irish novelist James Joyce, Nora...the passionate chambermaid Nora Barnacle who became his lover, his partner, and his muse for 29 years. In this bawdy and funny, uplifting, and melodic new musical, "Himself and Nora" sings the story of one of the great love affairs of all time.
Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys) portrays "Himself"- the irascible literary genius James Joyce and Jessica Burrows (Doctor Zhivago) the fiercely devoted chambermaid Nora. Rounding out the original cast were J.B. Wing, David Arthur and Brian Sills. Director Michael Bush; Book, Music and Lyrics Jonathan Brielle, Musical Director James Sampliner; choreographer, Kelli Barclay; Associate Musical Director, Nathan Dame; Set Designer, Michael V. Moore; Lighting Designer, Cat Tate Starmer; Costume Designer, Sara Jean Tosetti; Sound Designer, Brad Berridge; Casting Director, Stephanie Klapper, Klapper Casting. Production Manager, Jameson Croasdale. Ms. Burrows won an NYMF award for Outstanding Female Performance for her portrayal as Nora.
Internationally acclaimed for its original cast albums and solo recordings of the best of musical theatre, cabaret, jazz and the Great American Songbook, Jay Productions LTD. current recording projects include : CLOSER THAN EVER (Original 2012 Off Broadway Cast - The York Theatre), the First Complete recording of Kurt Weill's ONE TOUCH OF VENUS on 2CDs starring Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Victoria Clark, Judy Kaye and Ron Raines, a new British musical based on novel of The Postman called THE POSTMAN AND THE POET and a compilation CD in our MUSICality Series titled THE MUSICality OF YOUMANS featuring Klea Blackhurst, Jessica Bogart, Kim Criswell, Sutton Foster, Debbie Gravitte, Marc Kudisch, Beth Leavel, Norm Lewis, Christiane Noll, Ron Raines, Max von Essen and Karen Ziemba. For more information about this and other recordings please visit www.jayrecords.com.