FLY BY NIGHT Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording Set for June Release
After a run in Spring 2014 at Playwrights Horizons (Artistic Director, Tim Sanford; Managing Director, Leslie Marcus), the critically acclaimed score of FLY BY NIGHT: A NEW MUSICAL has been recorded, produced and mixed by Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Michael Croiter (Matilda, Big Fish, Murder Ballad). The Original Cast recording will be released in digital and CD formats on June 9, 2014, and may be purchased at www.yellowsoundlabel.com and www.PHnyc.org, as well as through online outlets such as iTunes and in stores nationwide. It is also available for pre-order at www.yellowsoundlabel.com.
Conceived by Kim Rosenstock (Tigers Be Still), written by Will Connolly (performer, Once), Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of Our Parents, The Giver) and Ms. Rosenstock, and directed by Carolyn Cantor (The Great God Pan and After the Revolution at PH, Pumpgirl, Orange Flower Water), FLY BY NIGHT was described as "A sweet-natured romantic fable" (Time Out-New York) and "Genuinely moving" (Huffington Post). The musical recently earned four 2015 Drama Desk Award nominations, including Outstanding Musical.The cast album of FLY BY NIGHT reunites the entire Original Cast, including Allison Case, Adam Chanler-Berat, Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Peter Friedman, Michael McCormick, Patti Murin, Drama Desk Award nominee Bryce Ryness and Obie Award winner Henry Stram. The album also features the show's original onstage musicians, the band Foe Destroyer, which includes Daniel Garcia, Chris McQueen and Cade Sadler. Musical Direction is by Vadim Feichtner.
The CD release will also include a 24-page color booklet featuring complete lyrics, production photos by Joan Marcus, show credits and a synopsis by Ms. Rosenstock.
In this darkly comic rock-fable, a melancholy sandwich maker's (Mr. Chanler-Berat) hum-drum life is intersected by two entrancing sisters (Ms. Case and Ms. Murin). A sweeping ode to young love set against the backdrop of the northeast blackout of 1965, FLY BY NIGHT is a tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness.
FLY BY NIGHT production and recording support was made possible in part by Helen E. & Frank A. Risch, the Generation PH Committee and the support of many other individual donors.
Kim Rosenstock (Conceiver & Writer) has written several plays, including Tigers Be Still, which played a sold-out run in its premiere at Roundabout Underground and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. She is currently working on commissions for Dallas Theater Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Ars Nova, where she was the 2011 Playwright-in-Residence. Awards include the Clauder Prize from Portland Stage Company and Aspen Theater Masters' Visionary Playwright Award. She is a graduate of Amherst College where she first began writing plays under the mentorship of Constance Congdon, and holds an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama. She is originally from Baldwin, Long Island and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she writes for the television show, "New Girl."
Will Connolly (Writer) is an actor and singer/songwriter. He was most recently seen in the Tony Award-winning production of Once on Broadway. He has also worked with New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, Yale Rep, Southern Rep, The Old Globe, A.R.T., Amsterdam Fringe Festival, and others. As a musician he has performed at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Ars Nova, The Bitter End, and plays bass, guitar, ukulele and percussion on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack of Once. He is a founding member of The NOLA Project and a resident artist with Studio 42. BFA, NYU; MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama.
Michael Mitnick's (Writer) theater credits include Sex Lives of Our Parents (World Premiere, Second Stage Uptown), Ed, Downloaded (World Premiere, Denver Center Theatre Company, winter 2013), Lion.Pig.Wolf.Snake. (developed at Berkeley Rep, P73 and Ars Nova) and Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman (developed by Studio 42, world premiere at City Lights). He is also writing the book for the Broadway-bound musical version of the classic film Animal House as well as lyrics for King Kong, which premiered in Australia in the spring of 2013, book by Craig Lucas. His screenplay The Current War was number 7 on the 2011 Black List of Best Screenplays and will be produced by Steve Zaillian (Moneyball, Schindler's List). In addition, he is writing an original feature and a screen adaptation of the Oliver Jeffers book The Incredible Book Eating Boy, both for Universal Pictures. He also wrote the screenplay for the film The Giver starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, which he adapted from the original novel by Lois Lowry. Michael is currently writing commissions for The Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club and Theatre Masters in conjunction with The Goodman Theatre. He received his MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. He lives in Brooklyn.
Carolyn Cantor (Director). Playwrights Horizons: The Great God Pan, After the Revolution (Callaway Award, Distinguished Direction), Essential Self-Defense. Other New York: The Talls (Second Stage); Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club); In A Dark Dark House (MCC Theater); Something You Did (Primary Stages); Orange Flower Water (Time Out-NY 10 best of the year 2005), Now That's What I Call A Storm, Living Room in Africa, Stone Cold Dead Serious (New York Times 10 best of the year 2003), Life is a Dream (Edge Theater); EVE-olution (Cherry Lane); Kitty Kitty Kitty (SPF). Regional: The Violet Hour (Old Globe); Rabbit Hole (Geffen, Garland Award); Diary of Anne Frank (Paper Mill); Not Waving, King Stag (Williamstown); Vera Laughed, Get What You Need (NYS&F); After Ashley, Finer Noble Gases (O'Neill Playwrights Conference); Nocturne (Ojai Playwrights Conference). Film/TV: The Green Room (Bravo) and Bravo Profiles: Roger Ebert. Carolyn has received the Garson Kanin-Marion Seldes Award from the American Theatre Wing, both the Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller Fellowships from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and a Drama League Directing Fellowship. She is the founding artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Edge Theater and a graduate of Dartmouth College. Next season, Ms. Cantor will return to Playwrights Horizons to direct the world premiere of Indian Summer, a new play by Gregory S. Moss.
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