The Shirelles Live Again on Disc; Baby It's You! Cast Album Due June 14
26 Apr 2011
The original cast recording of the new Broadway musical Baby It's You! was recorded between April 17-25 and will be released in stores and digitally June 14 by Universal Music Group's Verve label.
The album is produced by legendary music producer Richard Perry (Diana Ross, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand) and associate-produced by Rahn Coleman. Baby It's You!, the story of Florence Greenberg, the record producer who discovered the '60s girl-group The Shirelles, began previews March 26 at the Broadhurst Theatre, and opens April 27.
Using a catalog of pop hits, Baby It's You! is conceived by Floyd Mutrux, directed by Floyd Mutrux and Sheldon Epps, and written by Tony-nominated book writers Mutrux and Colin Escott, the team behind Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet.
The score includes doo-wop, pop and rock 'n' roll classics including "Dedicated To The One I Love," "Soldier Boy," "Duke Of Earl," "He’s So Fine," "I Say A Little Prayer," "It's My Party," "Louie Louie," "Mama Said," "Shout," "Tonight's The Night," "I Met Him On A Sunday," "Rockin' Robin," "Twist and Shout" and many more.
The show has musical supervision and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, orchestrations by Don Sebesky and musical direction by Shelton Becton.
Tony Award winner Beth Leavel stars as Florence Greenberg, "the woman who changed the recording world forever when she created Scepter Records," according to production notes. "Before Motown and the British Invasion, the most famous woman in music you have never heard of, Greenberg, launched the careers of some of the biggest recording stars of the era including the greatest girl group of all times. After discovering The Shirelles at her daughter's high school in Passaic, New Jersey, Greenberg packed the girls in her car, drove across the George Washington Bridge to New York City, and embarked on a trailblazing journey from New Jersey housewife to record mogul."
The cast also includes Allan Louis and Geno Henderson , Erica Ash, Kelli Barrett, Kyra Da Costa, Erica Dorfler, Jahi A. Kearse, Barry Pearl, Christina Sajous, Crystal Starr and Brandon Uranowitz.
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.