Playbill has confirmed that the Off-Broadway cast of Bella: An American Tale headed into Avatar Studios this week to record Kirsten Childs’ score for an upcoming album, produced by Michael Croiter in conjunction with Playwrights Horizons on the Yellow Sound label. The physical and digital release date will be announced at a later date.
Playwrights Horizons posted a picture of the cast in the studio to their Instagram account, as well as a brief video preview of the recording session.
With book, music, and lyrics by Childs, Bella opened at Playwrights Horizons June 12. The production was co-presented with Dallas Theater Center, where the work debuted last fall.
Set in the 1870s, Bella: An American Tale takes a historical look at a different and untold side of the Wild West. The work follows the epic adventures of Bella, a wanted woman of mythic proportions, as she attempts to escape her scandalous past and find her Buffalo soldier.
The Off-Broadway cast, all of whom reunited for this album, includes Ashley D. Kelley (The Wiz) in the title role, Yurel Echezarreta (Aladdin, La Cage aux Folles), Drama Desk Award winner Kenita R. Miller (The Color Purple, Xanadu), Paolo Montalban (Pacific Overtures, The King and I), Gabrielle Reyes (Dreamgirls, Ragtime), Marinda Anderson (A Life, Far From Heaven), Brandon Gill (Holler if Ya Hear Me, Neighbors), Olli Haaskivi (Baghdaddy, I Battled Lenny Ross), Kevin Massey (A Gentleman’s Guide…, Tarzan), Jo’Nathan Michael (Ragtime, Dreamgirls), Britton Smith (Shuffle Along, After Midnight), and NaTasha Yvette Williams (Chicago, Porgy and Bess).
The Bella recording will also preserve the work's orchestrations by Tony winner Daryl Waters, vocal arrangements by Childs, and music direction and additional arrangements by Rona Siddiqui.