The soundtrack for the film version of Tony winner Stephen Karam's 2007 breakthrough play, Speech & Debate, will be released by Broadway Records March 31. The original motion picture soundtrack will be available for pre-order at Amazon.com, iTunes, and BroadwayRecords.com beginning March 24; every pre-order will receive an immediate download of the original song “Losers Are Winners (Flying Free),” performed by Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.
Sycamore Pictures will donate ten percent of all soundtrack sales to the Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Education Foundation, which offers entertainment and artistic enrichment to the community in her home town of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. More information can be found HERE.
The complete track list for the soundtrack follows:
- Opening Rant (Jeremy Rowley)
- No Trouble (Alex Rhodes)
- Diwata’s Audition (Sarah Steele)
- Tonight (Magic Man)
- Crap Sandwich, Part One (Sarah Steele)
- Years and Years (King)
- Crap Sandwich, Part Two (Sarah Steele)
- More Weight (Sarah Steele)
- Group Interpretation Intro (Sarah Steele)
- Hold It In (Sarah Steele & Austin P. MacKenzie)
- Solomon’s Speech (Liam James)
- Freedom ’90 (George Michael)
- Losers Are Winners (Flying Free) (Kristin Chenoweth)
- End Title (Deborah Lurie)
- Bonus Track: Know Me Better (Austin P. McKenzie)
As previously reported, the film arrives in select theatres and VOD April 7.
Produced by Tom Rice and directed by Dan Harris, the comedy stars Liam James, Sarah Steele, Austin P. McKenzie, Roger Bart, Janeane Garofalo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kal Penn, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Skylar Astin with special appearances by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Darren Criss as well as an original song performed by Chenoweth.
Speech & Debate, according to press notes, “follows three teenagers brought together by a series of mishaps. Frustrated by the hypocrisy they see in their parents, teachers, and the entire school board, the unlikely trio set out to find a common truth and make their voices heard as they revive a defunct school club and take on the world. Blogging, blackmail, and Broadway belting drive the trio’s bond in this outrageous comedy.“
Steele (The Good Wife) returns to the big screen as Diwata, a role she originated Off-Broadway. James (The Way, Way Back) and McKenzie (Spring Awakening) star as her unlikely friends, Solomon and Howie, respectively.
Fresh off his Tony Award for The Humans, playwright Karam adapts his first comedy, Speech & Debate, for the screen. Three of Karam’s acclaimed plays, including Speech & Debate, Sons of the Prophet, and The Humans, premiered at New York City’s Roundabout Theatre Company and continued on to success around the country. Karam is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Sycamore Pictures is partnering with Vertical Entertainment to distribute the film.