The long anticipated cast recording of the Drama Desk award-winning SEE ROCK CITY & OTHER DESTINATIONS has been recorded by Yellow Sound Label, produced by Michael Croiter, to be released in digital and CD formats on March 19, 2013. The album features the cast of the Summer 2010 off-Broadway premiere produced by Transport Group Theatre Company (Artistic Director, Jack Cummings III; Executive Director, Lori Fineman) at The Duke on 42nd Street. The album will be available everywhere, including iTunes and Amazon.com.
To celebrate the album's release, NYC's 54 Below will be hosting an Album Release Concert on March 13th at 9:30 pm featuring performances by original cast members and more. This one-night-only concert will include songs from SEE ROCK CITY..., tunes cut from the show, and new, never-before-heard songs from upcoming projects by composer Brad Alexander and lyricist/bookwriter Adam Mathias.
With music by Brad Alexander and book and lyrics by Adam Mathias SEE ROCK CITY & OTHER DESTINATIONS won the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical and was nominated for Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Direction (Jack Cummings III), Outstanding Lighting (R. Lee Kennedy) and Outstanding Musical. The musical also received the 2007 Jerry Bock Award and 2008 Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing. Roma Torre of NY-1 reported, "The music by Brad Alexander with lyrics by Mathias is consistently lovely. The songs are polished and catchy displaying the composers' gift for writing tunes that are both versatile and genuinely moving."
The album features performances by off-Broadway cast members Stanley Bahorek (...Spelling Bee, February House), Donna Lynne Champlin (Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd), Jonathan Hammond (Ragtime), Ryan Hilliard (Mary Poppins nat. tour), Bryce Ryness (Hair, Leap of Faith), Mamie Parris (Ragtime, Wicked nat. tour) and Sally Wilfert (Assassins). Music Direction, Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations are by Justin Hatchimonji. The musicians on the album, under the direction of Mr. Hatchimonji (also piano), include Chris Biesterfeldt (guitar), Rob Jost (bass) and Garo Yellin (cello).