Wesley Taylor, Jill Abramovitz and Michael Winther Will Join See Rock City Cast Members for Album Release Concert
By Michael Gioia
"Smash" actor Wesley Taylor, Jill Abramovitz (Cinderella) and Michael Winther (Mamma Mia!) will be special guest performers at 54 Below on March 13 to celebrate the release of the See Rock City & Other Destinations original Off-Broadway cast recording.
The 9:30 PM concert will also feature performances by cast members Stanley Bahorek (Queen of the Mist, February House, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Donna Lynne Champlin (Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd), Jonathan Hammond (Ragtime), Bryce Ryness (Hair, Leap of Faith), Mamie Parris (Ragtime) and Sally Wilfert (Make Me a Song, Assassins).
The one-night-only concert will include songs from See Rock City & Other Destinations as well as cut songs from the musical and new songs from upcoming projects by composer Brad Alexander and lyricist/book writer Adam Mathias.
The cast recording of See Rock City & Other Destinations was recorded by Yellow Sound Label and produced by Michael Croiter. The album, which features the cast of the summer 2010 Off-Broadway premiere produced by Transport Group Theatre Company at The Duke on 42nd Street, will be released digitally and on CD March 19.
With music by Alexander and book and lyrics by Mathias, See Rock City & Other Destinations won the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical and was nominated for Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Direction (Jack Cummings III), Outstanding Lighting (R. Lee Kennedy) and Outstanding Musical. The musical also received the 2007 Jerry Bock Award and 2008 Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing.
The album includes all of the songs from the Transport Group production, with music direction, vocal arrangements and orchestrations by Justin Hatchimonji, and an a cappella bonus track performed by Jeremy Jordan. The musicians on the album, under the direction of Hatchimonji (piano), include Chris Biesterfeldt (guitar), Rob Jost (bass) and Garo Yellin (cello).
See Rock City & Other Destinations, according to press notes, "is a contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America: a wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along the North Carolina Interstate; a young man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico; a woman at the Alamo steps out of the shadow of her grandparents' idealized romance to take a chance on love; three estranged sisters cruise to Glacier Bay to scatter their father's ashes; two high school boys face unexpected fears in the Coney Island Spook House; a terrified bride-to-be ponders taking the leap...over Niagara Falls. With a score that incorporates rock, folk, pop and more, each story builds on the last to create a vivid travelogue of Americans learning to overcome their fears and expectations in order to connect."
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