54 Below will host an album release concert on March 13th at 9:30 pm to celebrate the upcoming release of the See Rock City & Other Destinations Original off-Broadway Cast Recording.
The concert will feature performances by cast members Stanley Bahorek (Queen of the Mist, February House, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Donna Lynne Champlin (Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, OBIE Award winner for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs), Jonathan Hammond (Ragtime, OBIE Award winner for The Boys in the Band), Bryce Ryness(Drama Desk Award nominee for HAIR, Leap of
Faith), Mamie Parris(Ragtime, national tours of Wicked and 9 to 5) and Sally Wilfert (Make Me a Song, Assassins), with special guest performances by Jill Abramovitz (Cinderella, 9 to 5, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), Wesley Taylor (NBC's Smash, The Addams Family, Rock of Ages), and Michael Winther (33 Variations, Mamma Mia). The one-night-only concert will include songs from See Rock City & Other Destinations, cut songs, and new songsfrom upcoming projects by composer Brad Alexander and lyricist/bookwriter Adam Mathias.
The long anticipated cast recording of the Drama Desk Award-winning See Rock City & Other
Destinations wasrecorded 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.
The album includes all of the songs from the Transport Group production, with Music Direction, Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations by Justin Hatchimonji, and an a cappella bonus track performed by Jeremy Jordan. The musicians on the album, under the direction of Mr. Hatchimonji (piano), include Chris Biesterfeldt (guitar), Rob Jost (bass) and Garo Yellin (cello).
The CD release will include a 20-page color booklet featuring complete lyrics, production photos by Carol Rosegg, show credits, and an introduction and synopsis by author Adam Mathias.
See Rock City & Other Destinationsis a contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America: a wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along the North Carolina Interstate; a young man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico; a woman at the Alamo steps out of the shadow of her grandparents' idealized romance to take a chance on love; three estranged sisters cruise to Glacier Bay to scatter their father's ashes; two high school boys face unexpected fears in the Coney Island Spook House; a terrified bride-to-be ponders taking the leap...over Niagara Falls. With a score that incorporates rock, folk, pop and more, each story builds on the last to create a vivid travelogue of Americans learning to overcome their fears and expectations in order to connect.