Exclusive! "Pitch Perfect" Star Featured on Pasek and Paul's "Ultimate" James and the Giant Peach Album

News   Exclusive! "Pitch Perfect" Star Featured on Pasek and Paul's "Ultimate" James and the Giant Peach Album
Tony Award-nominated songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and playwright Timothy Allen McDonald will release the ultimate cast recording for Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, featuring a special guest track by "Pitch Perfect" star Skylar Astin, April 21.

Megan Hilty, Christian Borle, Brian d'Arcy James, Jackie Hoffman, Mary Testa, Luca Padovan, Marc Kudisch, Daniel Breaker and Sarah Stiles also perform on the recording of James, which is based on the beloved best-selling book of the same name by Roald Dahl.

"The artists on this album don't just represent the best from Broadway," said book writer McDonald. "They are all invested in making a difference in the lives of young people worldwide. We can't wait to see what happens when families around the globe experience the magic of Roald Dahl in this new way."

Skylar Astin
Skylar Astin

Pasek and Paul earned a Tony nomination for their score to A Christmas Story: The Musical, and drew a following for their Off-Broadway show, Dogfight.

James and the Giant Peach, according to press notes, "tells the story of a young orphaned child who finds a loving family in a most peculiar way. Sent by his mean, conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, James discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach occupied by some not-so-normal characters. From the center of the gigantic fruit, James and the unlikely crew launch a journey of enormous proportions. Together they discover that while we are all born into a family, we then go on to create a family of our own."

As previously announced, the musical has been acquired for licensing in the TYA, student and community theatre markets by Music Theatre International (MTI). Read more about the musical in the Playbill.com story "A Giant Peach Ripens," in which the creators describe how they freshen up the piece for the stage.

The Dahl family and the Dahl estate have been part of the show's transformation from the page to the stage. McDonald first collaborated with the Dahls when he and Leslie Bricusse were selected to adapt "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" into a musical. The show premiered in 2004 at the Kennedy Center, enjoyed a two-year U.S. tour and was performed at the White House.

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