NEWSIES Cast Album Now Available on iTunes!
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by BWW News Desk
The Original Broadway Cast Recording of NEWSIES is now available digitally today on Ghostlight Records. The album has debuted at #1 on the iTunes Soundtracks chart and #15 on the iTunes album chart.To purchase the album, visit iTunes here. The recording is set for physical release on May 15th, 2012. The physical release will feature three special bonus tracks including an exclusive version of "Santa Fe" performed by lead Jeremy Jordan accompanied by Alan Menken on piano. The full track listing is below. For more information on the cast recording, visit: http://newsiesthemusical.com/music
The cast recording made its exclusive debut last week with a full stream on WNYC.org. Click here to listen to WNYC Soundcheck's conversation with the score's composer, Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act). Menken composed the score with lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy) and with orchestrations by Daniel Troob. The cast recording was produced by Alan Menken, Michael Kosarin, Frank Filipetti and Chris Montan with Executive Producer Kurt Deutsch and Musical Director Mark Hummel. The stage version of Newsies includes many of the beloved songs from the film, while introducing seven brand-new songs along with new arrangements and orchestrations. The iconic music is performed by the musical's original cast and headed by Jeremy Jordan.
The limited engagement of Newsies opened on Broadway on March 29th to overwhelming acclaim. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Newsies is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Big River revival) and choreographed by Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific revival). Though intended only as a pilot production before the title was licensed for regional, professional and amateur productions, Newsies' short run at the Paper Mill Playhouse last fall engendered extraordinary interest from the media and public alike. The show's cast was invited to perform on ABC's 'The View©,' the first time in the talk show's 15-season history that a regional production had ever done so. Fans who had waited nearly 20 years to see Newsies live onstage, alongside audiences discovering the work for the first time, caused a sensation heard all the way to Times Square.
Newsies Original Broadway Cast Recording track list in full:
Sh-K-Boom with its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings, having built a library of over 100 records during the last 12 years featuring the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway's biggest stars. Founded by Kurt Deutsch and wife Sherie Rene Scott, the label was created by and for the Broadway community and has reinvented the musical theatre recording landscape through their high-quality recordings, innovative marketing techniques to reach the next generation of Broadway music fans, as well as the creation of a new type of 'United Artists' environment for Broadway producers and artists to participate in the funding and co-ownership of their albums.
Ghostlight celebrated a major milestone this past year with their Grammy Award winning release The Book of Mormon, which became the first Broadway cast recording to break into the Billboard Top 10 since the original 1969 release of Hair, taking its place as the biggest-selling digital cast recording of all time. Other recent releases on the label include the Grammy-nominated 2011 revival cast recording of Anything Goes, the new revival recording of Godspell, plus the OCRs of Elf, Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and solo albums from some of Broadway's biggest stars: Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Alice Ripley, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. Over the years, Ghostlight has preserved the scores of some of Broadway's most well-known musicals, including the Grammy Award-winning In the Heights, Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone.
Disney Theatrical Productions, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, was formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. Worldwide, its seven Broadway titles have been seen by over 103 million theatergoers, grossed over $7.4 billion and have cumulatively run a staggering 189 years. With 15 productions currently produced or licensed, a Disney musical is being performed professionally somewhere on the planet virtually every hour of the day.