With book, music and lyrics by Gregg Coffin, Five Course Love tells the story of "five entangled encounters with love" in five different restaurants, with musical styles reflecting the cuisines of the eateries: Country & Western, Italian, German cabaret, Mexican and '50s Doo Wop. Three actors play all 15 different characters. Re-creating their roles for the cast album are Heather Ayers (Young Frankenstein), John Bolton (Curtains) and Jeff Gurner (The Lion King).
The cast album features Gerald Rheault on piano, Larry Kelly on bass and Chad Ryan Baker on drums. Craig Breitenbach and John Hawley are the recording engineers.
The recording will be released by Little Spaceman Music in spring 2009.
Five Course Love was originally produced Off-Broadway by Geva Theatre Center (Mark Cuddy, artistic director) and The Five Course Love Company, LLC. It premiered at Geva, in Rochester, NY, in 2004. The Off-Broadway production was directed by Emma Griffin with choreography by Mindy Cooper, musical direction by Fred Tessler, orchestrations by David Labman, sets and costumes by G. W. Mercier, lights by Mark Barton and sound by Rob Kaplowitz.
Since its Off-Broadway run, Five Course Love has had over 15 productions, most recently in Seoul, South Korea.
Next up for composer Gregg Coffin is a revised workshop of his new musical, Rightnexttome, and the incidental music for A Prayer for Owen Meany for the Denver Center Theatre Company.
For more information visit greggcoffin.com.