Swinging "Skiffle" Rock of One Man, Two Guvnors Is Heard on U.S. Release of Cast Album, April 10

News   Swinging "Skiffle" Rock of One Man, Two Guvnors Is Heard on U.S. Release of Cast Album, April 10
 
The London cast album of the new Broadway comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, featuring the band The Craze performing original songs by Grant Olding, and using original troupers including star James Corden, gets released in the U.S. by DRG Records on April 10.

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Most of the National Theatre/West End original company made the move to Broadway's Music Box Theatre, where previews for the acclaimed, award-winning comedy began April 6 toward an April 18 opening.

The disc, called "The Craze: One Man, Two Guvnors," has been available in the U.K. The new DRG release features Broadway art and new packaging, DRG president Hugh Fordin said. The disc boasts an additional instrumental by The Craze entitled "Calypso Jones."

Music plays a major role in the buoyant and wild Nicholas Hytner-directed production, which is set in swinging-'60s England where jazz, rock and pop were fusing together. The score includes a "skiffle" element that uses disparate musical instruments (washboards and bicycle horns, anyone?) and found objects (like a fleshy human torso) to flavor the rock 'n' roll.

The CD features all 15 songs from the show, performed by Grant Olding and The Craze, as well as original cast members James Corden, Oliver Chris, Daniel Rigby, Martyn Ellis, Claire Lams, Suzie Toase and Jemima Rooper.

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The Broadway engagement of One Man, Two Guvnors, about a manservant pulled between two bosses — and his own voracious appetite — stars James Corden (The History Boys), repeating his London work as butler Francis Henshall.

Producer Bob Boyett brought the Richard Bean comedy across the Atlantic. It's inspired by Carlo Goldoni's commedia-inspired classic The Servant of Two Masters.

The National Theatre of Great Britain production continues with a new cast on the West End this spring. Ten members of the original National cast will appear in the American premiere on Broadway.

One Man, Two Guvnors also features Oliver Chris as "Stanley Stubbers," Jemima Rooper as "Rachel Crabbe," Tom Edden as "Alfie," Martyn Ellis as "Harry Dangle," Trevor Laird as "Lloyd Boateng," Claire Lams as "Pauline Clench," Fred Ridgeway as "Charlie Clench," Daniel Rigby as "Alan Dangle" and Suzie Toase as "Dolly." The company will also include Brian Gonzales, Eli James, Ben Livingston, Sarah Manton, Stephen Pilkington, David Ryan Smith and Natalie Smith.

According to production notes, "In One Man, Two Guvnors, Corden stars as Francis Henshall [the title's "one man"]. Always-famished and easily-confused, Henshall agrees to work for a local gangster as well as a criminal in hiding [ the "two guvnors"], both of whom are linked in a tangled web of schemes and romantic associations... none of which Francis can keep straight. So he has to do everything in his power to keep his two guvnors from meeting while trying to eat anything in sight along the way. Simple. Falling trousers, flying fish heads, star-crossed lovers, cross-dressing mobsters and a fabulous on-stage band are just some of what awaits [in the acclaimed] play…"

The creative team for Mark Thompson (set & costumes), Cal McCrystal (physical comedy director), Mark Henderson (lights) and Paul Arditti (sound).

The Broadway production follows a sold-out run that opened at the National Theatre in May 2011; a U.K. tour; and a popular run in London's West End that began in fall 2011. One Man, Two Guvnors recently won the Evening Standard and the London Critics Circle Awards.

Ticket prices range from $26.50-126.50. Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 or online at www.Telecharge.com.

For more information, visit www.onemantwoguvnorsbroadway.com.

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