Songs From 2009 Ragtime Heard On CD This Fall; Road to Qatar Cast Album Gets Release Date

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Jay Records will release a seven-track "Songs From Ragtime" recording — representing the 2009 Broadway cast — on iTunes in the coming weeks, the label's John Yap said.

The cast of Ragtime
The cast of Ragtime Photo by Joan Marcus

In addition to the digital release, a special custom-pressed CD will be available from the Jay website at www.jayrecords.com this fall. Exact dates have not been revealed.

Also on the fall schedule from Jay is the York Theatre Company cast recording of the musical comedy The Road to Qatar. The CD release in stores will be Nov. 8. The digital release is expected in September.

Record producer Yap told Playbill.com, "The Ragtime mini CD is with…full symphonic orchestra using the original orchestrations [by William David Brohn] and the main leads and chorus from the 2009 production. Stephen [Flaherty] played the piano in the opening track as a bonus. The songs were recorded after the production had closed."

James Moore (Follies) is the music director. The track listing for "Songs from Ragtime Original 2009 Broadway Cast" follows.

1. RAGTIME Stephen Flaherty and Company
2. NEW MUSIC Ron Bohmer, Christiane Noll, Robert Petkoff, Quentin Earl Darrington, Stephanie Umoh, Bobby Steggert and Company
3. WHEELS OF A DREAM Quentin Earl Darrington and Stephanie Umoh
4. BUFFALO NICKEL PHOTOPLAY, INC. Robert Petkoff
5. OUR CHILDREN Christiane Noll and Robert Petkoff
6. BACK TO BEFORE Christiane Noll and Girls
7. MAKE THEM HEAR YOU Quentin Earl Darrington The acclaimed, Tony Award-nominated revival of Ragtime played 28 previews and 65 regular performances in fall 2010, closing Jan. 10, 2010. Tony Award-winning songs are by Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music). The 1999 Tony-winning libretto is by Terrence McNally.

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The album for The Road to Qatar! was recorded on March 7, 2011. The limited engagement of the show ended Feb. 27. The new musical features book and lyrics by Stephen Cole and music by David Krane, based on an actual adventure.

Cole told Playbill.com on Sept. 6, "David Krane and I are totally thrilled with the cast album. The bonus track is a cut song performed by us playing earlier versions of ourselves...We love it so much we are thinking of reinstating it into the score. There are talks underway for a London production next. Stay tuned."

Phillip George (Forbidden Broadway) directed, with musical direction by David Caldwell. The five-member cast comprised James Beaman (Spamalot, national tour) as Michael, Keith Gerchak (Finding Nemo, The Musical) as Jeffrey, Bill Nolte (La Cage aux Folles) as Mansour, Sarah Stiles (Avenue Q) as Nazirah and Bruce Warren (The Wizard of Oz) as Farid.

The Road to Qatar!, according to the York, is a "new true musical comedy about two American musical theatre writers commissioned to write a larger-than-life Broadway-style musical for the Emir of Qatar. Surprises abound as the self-professed 'short Jewish writers' soon find themselves traveling the globe in their own version of a madcap Bob Hope/Bing Crosby adventure."

The musical was produced by special arrangement with Paul Burchett in association with Coltrane, LLC.

The track listing for The Road to Qatar follows:

1. OPENING-COME DOWN TO DUBAI
2. OIL
3. THE ROAD TO QATAR
4. EVERYTHING IS BIGGER
5. FARID'S SONG
6. MUST BE
7. GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES
8. DANCING AS FAST AS WE CAN
9. DOESN'T MATTER
10. NAZIRAH'S IN LONDON
11. GIVE 'EM WHAT THEY WANT / ASPIRE
12. ASPIRE (Reprise)
13. WHO KNOWS?
14. OH, WHAT A SHOW!
15. FINALE
Bonus Track:
16. HERE'S LOOKIN' AT YOU!

Christiane Noll, Ron Bohmer, Robert Petkoff and Sarah Rosenthal
Christiane Noll, Ron Bohmer, Robert Petkoff and Sarah Rosenthal Photo by Joan Marcus
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