Threadhead Records Foundation to Preview Nine Lives, A Musical Adaptation
The Threadhead Records Foundation and Mystery Street Records will hold a special CD listening party to preview the release of "Nine Lives, A Musical Adaptation (Volume 1)" by Paul Sanchez and Colman deKay.
The Nine Lives CD is a musical adaptation of the New York Times bestselling book "Nine Lives" by Dan Baum (New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2009). Nine Lives, is a remarkable oral history of New Orleans in the forty years (1965?2005) between the twin catastrophes known as Betsy and Katrina, as seen through the eyes of nine of its citizens. The CD includes the first 24 songs imagined for a theatrical production and anticipated to become a Broadway musical.
"The Nine Lives album captures the uniqueness, diversity and rich storylines that everybody can share and enjoy. The music we wrote and produced encompasses traditional New Orleans jazz, rock, funk, chamber music, Mardi Gras Indian chants, 70's soul, hip?hop, brass band music, rap and blues that comes together beautifully and rises off the pages of the book, and will be unprecedented to the Broadway stage," said Paul Sanchez, singer, songwriter and producer of the album.
The Nine Lives album was made possible in part by a $50,000 grant awarded last September to the Threadhead Records Foundation as part of the Pepsi Refresh Do Good for the Gulf program. Cast members from HBO's Treme, including Wendell Pierce, and Tony Award?winning Broadway star Michael Cerveris joined 108 musicians and singers to perform on the album. Famed New Orleanians include Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, John Boutte, Lillian Boutte, Kevin Griffin, Harry Shearer, Shamarr Allen, The Dixie Cups and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
"We appreciate the work that Threadhead Records is doing to help New Orleans musicians and artists and are excited about the Nine Lives Project. The book captures the spirit of our communities and will make a wonderful musical. I'm excited that Pepsi's generous support will result in an album, and I look forward to celebrating the opening night on Broadway," said Mayor Landrieu.
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