Prior to the Off-Broadway engagement at the Public, A Second Chance had its world premiere at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, in 2011. The production marks Shen's debut as a composer.
The album will be released in stores and online Aug. 5. The song "I Can't Wait" is currently available to stream at sh-k-boom.com.
Brian Sutherland ( 1776, Victor/Victoria) and Diane Sutherland ( She Loves Me), who also starred in the Signature Theatre premiere, portrayed Dan and Jenna, respectively. The production was staged by Jonathan Butterell ( Into the Woods, Assassins, The Light in the Piazza).
The physical disc will include a 36-page booklet with lyrics, photos, a synopsis by Shen as well as essays by Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis and Yale University musical theater composition professor Josh Rosenblum.
Here's how it's billed: "A stirring musical journey, A Second Chance tells the New York story of a recent widower and a divorcée who meet in mid-life and mid-crisis. Presented with the overwhelming challenge of freeing themselves from their painful pasts, neither feels deserving of happiness. Yet, the awakening of unanticipated feelings leads them to a possibility they both least expected to find." After a 30-year career at the investment bank, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he had served as Chairman of the DLJ Capital Markets Group since 1984, Ted Shen retired in 1999 to refocus his attention on his non-profit board work in education and the arts, The Shen Family Foundation, and his own composing. The Shen Family Foundation, of which Shen and his wife, Mary Jo Shen, are co-executive directors, provides funding support for the commissioning programs at Signature Theatre and the Public Theater for new musical theatre works by composers who write with exceptional originality; major productions of works by Stephen Sondheim; and the Shen Musical Theater Curriculum at Yale University.