GLEE's Lindsay Pearce and More Set for glory|struck Productions' THE ALBUM PROJECT: + in LA, 3/30
glory|struck Productions, the creative team behind the highly-lauded Los Angeles revival of bare and the Love is Louder-aligned, concert-fueled Spring Awakening, will present the world premiere of its music-driven series, The Album Project, on March 30th at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood.
The evening will feature performances by Lindsay Pearce (bare, "Glee," "The Glee Project"), Anthony Starble ("Pretty Little Liars," "The Fosters"), Nicci Claspell (American Idiot), Ben Caron, Topher Rhys & Jamie Lee Barnard.
Volume One of the series will launch as The Album Project: +, showcasing songs from Ed Sheeran's debut studio album, which was certified quintuple platinum in the United Kingdom and was the highest-grossing US debut of a British artist since 2009.
Audiences can expect to hear all of their favorites from + including hits "The A Team," "Lego House," "Give Me Love," "Drunk," "Small Bump," "You Need Me, I Don't Need You," and "Grade 8", as well as tracks from the album's deluxe version.
Conceived by Artistic Director Kate Sullivan Gibbens, The Album Project is a love letter to the artistic impact of records within a changing music landscape. Each volume of the series explores the emotional landscape of a contemporary album, illuminating the inherent stories, themes, and concepts in a unique theatrical experience.
The Album Project: + is developed and helmed by director Kate Sullivan Gibbens (Spring Awakening in Concert, original collaborator on Dustin Lance Black's 8) with musical direction by Elmo Zapp (bare). Creating fresh orchestrations and vocal arrangements of the Sheeran hits are Elmo Zapp, Alex Seller, Patrick Burns, and Anthony Starble, who is making waves with his recent single "Oh Father," off his EP We Need To Be Loved.
Topher Rhys and Jamie Lee Barnard are producing for glory|struck with Juliana Scott co-producing.
Producers state, "We are thrilled to continue contributing to the vibrant art scene in Los Angeles. Music is an art of togetherness. It is visceral, universal, and transcendent. It steps in where the spoken word stops, and an album - each one its own complete work of art - tells a story that we ought to listen to and share in its entirety."
After launching the self-exploratory rant, "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" on YouTube, Ed Sheeran garnered the attention and support of Jamie Foxx and Elton John, who signed him to his management company, Rocket. Sheeran was nominated for Best New Artist Grammy in 2014, Song of the Year ("The A-Team") in 2013, and Album of the Year for his work on Taylor Swift's Red in 2014. His second album is set to debut this spring.
"You know the kind of album you listen to from start to finish every time, letting the artist's vision unfold before you as each song progresses? That's exactly the kind of record we're excited to break open onstage," said director Kate Sullivan Gibbens. "Ed Sheeran's + is the perfect example of this kind of beautifully-woven piece."
The premiere performance will be held at 7PM on March 30th at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood. There is a $19 cover charge and a $10 food/beverage minimum. To make reservations, call 818-754-8700 or to reserve online, visit: http://www.inticketing.com/events/403715.
Additional performances, venues, and volumes will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit http://facebook.com/TheAlbumProject.