Due to the overwhelming audience and industry response, THE CONCRETE JUNGLE, music & lyrics by Bobby Cronin, book by Bobby Cronin & Crystal Skillman, with additional material by Brett Teresa, Mark Petty & Angelyn Benson, will be recorded this month in London & New York.
This recording will present highlights of the original new musical THE CONCRETE JUNGLE, which was originally commissioned by Chris Hocking, Director of Musical Theatre at the prestigious Arts Educational School London (President: Andrew Lloyd Webber) for the graduating students of 2012.
A contemporary take on the Cyrano de Bergerac story with a female twist, THE CONCRETE JUNGLE is a romantic comedy of epic proportions, set in The Concrete Jungle Bar & Grill in New York City, where Abby, a nearing 30-year old Ivy League graduate, works while waiting for her writing career and love life to finally start. When Abby receives a phone call at work that changes her life forever, mistaken identity gets in the way as Abby searches deep within herself to expose her true self, flaws and all, to the man she loves.
The International Recording Cast includes: Rebecca Trehearn (Ghost, Love Story) as Abby; Alex Gaumond (We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde); Dean Chisnall (Shrek, Love Never Dies); Danielle Hope (Les Miserables, The Wizard Of Oz); Kate Shindle (Wonderland, Legally Blonde); Ross Hunter (Rock Of Ages, Legally Blonde); Olivia Phillip (Ghost, Priscilla); Nick Adams (Priscilla, La Cage Aux Folles); Jos Slovick (Soho Cinders, Spring Awakening). Other characters will be played by members of the original Arts Ed cast.
The band is under the baton of West End musical director Mr. Michael Haslam.
Casting by Will Burton CDG for David Grindrod Associates.
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Bobby Cronin (music & lyrics, co-book) is an award-winning composer/writer. His musical WELCOME TO MY LIFE (W2ML) with co-bookwriter Alicia Dempster is under a Broadway option. His musical with Allen Mogol, 'TIL DEATH DO US PART, was awarded 2012 The Alec Baldwin Fellowship; DAYBREAK (add'l material by Brett Teresa; 2011 New Jersey Playwrights Contest winner) premiered in NJ & London's Tristan Bates Theatre, June 2012. Awarded "Outstanding Score" for Kelly Nichols' TEN REASONS at MITF, 2010. Currently developing: MARY & MAX, and SUNSET CITY. Other: Lincoln Center Songbook Series, Birdland, Symphony Space, Joe's Pub, London's The Players Theatre, more. "Reach The Sky: Live at The Beechman" on iTunes. Yale graduate, Member of ASCAP, Dramatists Guild. www.bobbycronin.com
CRYSTAL SKILLMAN is the author of CUT (The Management in Spring 2011, NY Times critic's pick) staged at Apollinaire Theatre Company in Boston this spring; VIGIL or THE GUIDED CRADLE (ITG/Brick; 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script); BIRTHDAY & NOBODY (Rising Phoenix Rep Productions in NYC; at Side Project in CH, U.K Premiere in 2010 with Kibbo Productions). Her new play WILD debuted in Chicago with Kid Brooklyn Productions this past June; her new commission for Vampire Cowboys, GEEK, will premiere in Spring 2013. ANOTHER KIND OF LOVE was workshopped at IRT for Overturn Theatre. Crystal was named one of Manhattan "Best Ofs" for OurTownNY magazine and selected as one of nytheatre.com's fifteen People of the Year for 2011. She is a member of the MCC Theater Playwrights' Coalition, Rising Phoenix Rep, as well as an alumni member of the Women's Project. Her plays CUT, BIRTHDAY & NOBODY are available from Sam French (featured at the Drama Bookshop) and her short plays [Such as TOOTH (premiered at EST) PERFECT (LiveGirls) CRAWL (Red Fern] will be available shortly at indietheaternow.com.