The cast and band of Off-Broadway's Walmartopia recently hit the recording studio to lay down tracks
for the show's original cast recording.
The recording will be produced by Walmartopia's
musical director, August Eriksmoen, and will be released December 1st, just in
time for the holidays.
This irreverent political satire of big business and eternal
smiley faces is written by Catherine Capellaro (Book) and Andrew Rohn (Music
and Lyrics). Mr. Rohn's tuneful and
eclectic score incorporates pop, rhumba, marches, anthems and power ballads,
set against a book that is campy and caustic and, well, as timely as today's
headlines. Performances began August
23rd and Walmartopia officially opened, appropriately, on Labor Day, September
the hilarious and timely tale of Vicki Latrell, a single mom and Wal-Mart
employee who speaks out against her company's working conditions and finds
herself and her young daughter jettisoned to 2036, into a future where Wal-Mart
dominates the entire world," explain press notes.
Directed by Daniel Goldstein and with choreography by Wendy
Seyb and music direction by August Eriksmoen, the cast features Cheryl Freeman
and Nikki M. James as mother and daughter (and Wal-Mart employees) at the
center of this lampoon of the corporate giant.
The cast also features Sarah Bolt, Charl Brown, Jessica L. Cope, Bradley
Dean, Stephen DeRosa, Tanesha Gary, John Jellison, Neal Mayer, DeMond Nason,
Andrew Polk, Pearl Sun, Scotty Watson, and
the following performance schedule: Tuesdays through Saturdays 8PM, Sundays 7PM,
with matinees on Saturdays & Sundays at 3PM. Tickets are priced at $65 & $45, and may
be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (212) 307-4100. www.walmartopia.com
Photos by Carol