Transport Group Theatre's SEE ROCK CITY & OTHER DESTINATIONS Cast Recording to Celebrate Release at 54 Below, 3/13
The long anticipated cast recording of the Drama Desk award-winning SEE ROCK CITY & OTHER DESTINATIONS has been recorded by Yellow Sound Label, produced by Michael Croiter, to be released in digital and CD formats on March 19, 2013. The album features the cast of the Summer 2010 off-Broadway premiere produced by Transport Group Theatre Company (Artistic Director, Jack Cummings III; Executive Director, Lori Fineman) at The Duke on 42nd Street. The album will be available everywhere, including iTunes and Amazon.com.
To celebrate the album's release, NYC's 54 Below will be hosting an Album Release Concert on March 13th at 9:30 pm featuring performances by original cast members and more. This one-night-only concert will include songs from SEE ROCK CITY..., tunes cut from the show, and new, never-before-heard songs from upcoming projects by composer Brad Alexander and lyricist/bookwriter Adam Mathias.
With music by Brad Alexander and book and lyrics by Adam Mathias SEE ROCK CITY & OTHER DESTINATIONS won the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical and was nominated for Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Direction (Jack Cummings III), Outstanding Lighting (R. Lee Kennedy) and Outstanding Musical. The musical also received the 2007 Jerry Bock Award and 2008 Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing. Roma Torre of NY-1 reported, "The music by Brad Alexander with lyrics by Mathias is consistently lovely. The songs are polished and catchy displaying the composers' gift for writing tunes that are both versatile and genuinely moving."
The album features performances by off-Broadway cast members Stanley Bahorek (...Spelling Bee, February House), Donna Lynne Champlin (Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd), Jonathan Hammond (Ragtime), Ryan Hilliard (Mary Poppins nat. tour), Bryce Ryness (Hair, Leap of Faith), Mamie Parris (Ragtime, Wicked nat. tour) and Sally Wilfert (Assassins). Music Direction, Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations are by Justin Hatchimonji. The musicians on the album, under the direction of Mr. Hatchimonji (also piano), include Chris Biesterfeldt (guitar), Rob Jost (bass) and Garo Yellin (cello).
SEE ROCK CITY & OTHER DESTINATIONS is a contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America: a wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along the North 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. With a score that incorporates rock, folk, pop and more, each story builds on the last to create a vivid travelogue of Americans learning to overcome their fears and expectations in order to connect.
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