Musical theatre album label Westway Music has set a 2022 roster of releases that will include new solo albums from upcoming Funny Girl star Ramin Karimloo, Wicked alum Kerry Ellis, West End star John Barrowman, and more.
The slate kicks off with Rachel John's From My Lips to God's Ear, releasing April 8. An Olivier nominee for her Angelica Schuyler in the original West End company of Hamilton, John will bring her love for gospel music to this release.
Joe Stilgoe's Theatre will be released April 29. The new album, which Stilgoe says features songs that have been "chosen, or written, with the aim of transporting the listener straight into an auditorium, ready to be absolutely steamrollered by the mixture of emotions that I experience when I go to the theatre," has been recorded with Metropole Orkest and special guests.
Anastasia and Phantom of the Opera star Karimloo's Road to Nowhere follows May 20 featuring tracks sung in Karimloo's "broadgrass" style. The EP will include a new take on The Phantom of the Opera's "Music of the Night." Karimloo will release another EP, also with Westway, August 12; details on the follow-up have not yet been released.
Wicked star Ellis will release her third solo album in October, her first to include original songs. Ellis is working with Grammy nominee and producer Mike Stevens on the album, which is described as "country rock."
West End and Doctor Who star Barrowman will release a new musical theatre solo album October 14. Barrowman has recorded the release with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is working with arranger-producer Matt Brind. The album will include tracks from shows Barrowman has been in along with songs from new musicals.
Also slated for an October release is a compilation album, being made in partnership with The Theatre Café. Artists for this album will be announced at a later date.
Westway closes the year with a Christmas album from TV host and Curtains star Jason Manford, releasing November 11. Manford is set to record the album this spring in collaboration with Stilgoe as producer. The release will include Christmas favorites and "a few festive surprises."
For more, visit WestwayMusic.com.