Original Cast Recording of Last Smoker in America Due in Spring; Licensing Now Available
By Andrew Gans
The original cast recording of The Last Smoker in America, which played a brief run at Off-Broadway's The Westside Theatre in summer 2012, will be released later this spring.
It was also announced that the musical is now available for licensing through Samuel French Inc.
Director-producer Andy 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 forthcoming release of the cast album, we remain excited for the future life of The Last Smoker in America as we continue on with our journey."
The Last Smoker in America has book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Peter Melnick. The production was directed by Sandberg, with choreography by AC Ciulla and music supervision and arrangements by Fred Lassen. The four-member cast featured Farah Alvin, Natalie Venetia Belcon, John Bolton and Jake Boyd.
Producers included Sandberg, Whitney Hoagland Edwards, Michael Palitz and Stephanie Rosenberg.
The musical, according to press notes, is described as such: "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?"
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.
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