The cast album for the smash Broadway tap, rap and blues revue, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, has been released by RCA Victor. Produced by James Nichols, the cast recording features narration by Jeffrey Wright (speaking poetry by Reg E. Gaines), singing by Ann Duquesnay, and tap dancing by Savion Glover and co-stars. At director George C. Wolfe's insistence, Noise/Funk was recorded live (at a 30 percent greater expense) at the Ambassador Theatre in order to preserve the show's excitement.
Noise/Funk premiered at the Joseph Papp Public Theater Off-Broadway in the autumn of 1995, and transferred to Broadway this spring to glowing reviews.
In other Noise/Funk news, Ann Duquesnay, co-star and co-writer of the show's score, is on vacation until the end of August. While Duquesnay, who recently won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, is on leave, her standby, Lynette G. DuPre is singing the role of "'da Singer". Mary Bond Davis, who worked with director Wolfe in Jelly's Last Jam, becomes the new standby for "'da Singer".