PHOTO CALL: In the Studio with the Original Off-Broadway Cast of Last Smoker in America
By Joseph Marzullo
15 Jun 2013
Yellow Sound Label's Michael Croiter announced June 14 that the original cast recording of The Last Smoker in America, which was seen at Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre in summer 2012, will be released June 25.
Here is a look back at the recording session from September.
Produced and engineered by Joel Moss and distributed by Yellow Sound Label, the recording will be available on Amazon, iTunes and elsewhere where music is sold. For additional information and to pre-order the CD, visit www.YellowSoundLabel.com.
The Last Smoker in America, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Peter Melnick, was directed by Andy Sandberg with choreography by AC Ciulla and music supervision and arrangements by Fred Lassen. The four-member cast, who are all heard on the recording, included Farah Alvin, Natalie Venetia Belcon, John Bolton, and Jake Boyd.
The Last Smoker in America, according to press notes, "delivers explosive satire and smoking wit, along with a thrilling rock score that leaves you craving for more. In a world where smoking has recently been outlawed and the penalties are growing stricter by the minute, Pam is having an impossible time trying to quit. Her husband Ernie dreams of being a rock star and relentlessly practices his guitar in the basement, while their videogame-addicted son Jimmy listens to so much rap music he thinks he's black. As if Pam isn't pushed to the edge of reason already, her nosy, anti-smoking zealot neighbor Phyllis is on a mission to catch transgressors mid-puff. Will Pam kick the habit or fight for her right to light up?"
The producers of the Off-Broadway production were Andy Sandberg, Whitney Hoagland Edwards, Michael Palitz, and Stephanie Rosenberg.
In related news, licensing for The Last Smoker in America is now available through Samuel French Inc. To apply for performance rights, visit www.SamuelFrench.com or contact Samuel French by phone at (866) 598-8449 or by email at OutReach@SamuelFrench.com.
Director/producer Sandberg said in a statement, “I am incredibly proud of this production and all of the extraordinarily talented artists who gave their time and talent to this show…With licensing now available through Samuel French and the release of this awesome cast album, we are more excited than ever for the future life of The Last Smoker in America.”
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.