Songwriters Sam Carner and Derek Gregor have released the full studio cast album of their musical Island Song as a free digital download. The story of five New Yorkers is brought to life by an all-star Broadway cast made up of Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Jackie Burns (Wicked's current Elphaba), Lilli Cooper (Broadway's upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants), Kimiko Glenn (Waitress), Troy Iwata (The Boy Who Danced on Air), and Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture).
The recording features the five MAC-nominated tracks: “After Hours,” “Make It Here,” “Sing, But Don’t Tell,” “So Far From Pennsylvania,” “Waiting,” and “Wall Lovin’.” To download the free, 83-minute studio album, visit IslandSongMusical.com.
“I’ve been part of Island Song since its first NYMF concert back in 2009,” commented Jordan in a statement. “In the years following, I’ve watched Sam and Derek’s music flourish. This album is a testament to their incredible talent and proves they are a welcome addition to the ranks of modern musical theatre powerhouses.”
Described by Carner and Gregor as “a poignant dramedy with a kinetic pop-rock score,“ Island Song is a musical anthology through the different journeys of five New York residents, through their triumphs, disappointments, and unexpected connections.
“I’m a native New Yorker, and Island Song really evokes the spirit of this amazing city,“ added Cooper, who is also featured on the studio album. “I loved working on this album with them. I'm already guilty of listening to it on repeat.”
The musical premiered at the Adirondack Theatre Festival in 2016 in a production directed and choreographed by Marlo Hunter, who co-created the show’s story with Carner and Gregor. An expanded 15-person version of the show premiered at London’s Stratford Circus Theatre in an production by Rose Bruford University. The show had prior workshops at Princeton University, Western Carolina University, the Balagan Theatre, the Indiana Festival of Theatre, and the Bloomington Playwrights Project, as well as concerts at (le) Poisson Rouge, London’s St. James Studio, Comedie Nation in Paris, Crawfish in Tokyo, and more.
The show can be performed as a five-person ensemble or expanded with a 10–19-person cast.