Cast recordings and albums
Get a First Listen to Beth Malone Singing “Share the Luck” Coming Soon Unsinkable Molly Brown Cast album
The song is one of several trunk songs by Meredith Willson that were interpolated into the score by Resolutely modern Millie writer Dick Scanlan.
As Broadway Records and Yellow Sound Label Prepare to Digitally Release Meredith Willson’s Off-Broadway Cast Album The unsinkable Molly Brown On July 22, we have a special look at star Beth Malone (fun house) while singing one of the tracks. Listen to Malone sing “Share the Luck/He’s My Friend (Reprise)” from the upcoming release below.
“Share the Luck” is one of many trunk songs from the music man the composer’s archive which was newly interpolated into the score of the 1960 musical by Dick Scanlan, who wrote the new book of the production and additional lyrics. This particular song was originally written by Willson for the Red Cross, with references to the non-profit organization changed by Scanlan to “good book”.
The musical tells the rags-to-riches story of Margaret “Molly” Brown – a turn-of-the-century heroine of the underdog, champion of women’s rights, fighter for labor rights, advocate for labor reform. immigration – and, most famously, Titanic survivor. A love story about a woman who has rejected the idea that it’s a man’s world, this new Molly Brown portrays Molly as she truly was – vibrant, progressive, modern.
Directed by Malone in the title role, the album features the cast of Transport Group’s 2020 production, including David Aron Damane, Whitney Bashor, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Alex Gibson, Paolo Montalban, Paula Leggett Chase, Lauryn Ciardullo, Karl Josef Co, Kaitlyn Davidson, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Gregg Goodbrod, Michael Halling, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Keven Quillon and CoCo Smith.
The group, under the direction of Joey Chancey, includes Meg Zervoulis on acoustic piano and synth; Suzy Perelman on violin; Joe Wallace on double bass; Micah Burgess on arch top, steel strings, banjo and mandolin; John Skinner on alto saxophone, clarinet, flute and piccolo; Justin Vance on flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone; Jami Dauber on trumpet and flugelhorn; Alex Jeun on tenor and bass trombone; and Barbara Merjan on percussion and drums.
The reworked revival opened Off-Broadway on February 26, 2020 at Transport Group after previous stints at Denver Center Theater Company and St. Louis Muny. Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (everything is fine, The pajama game), the production included stage design by Brett Banakis, costume design by Sky Switser, with dresses for Malone by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Walter Trarbach, musical direction by Joey Chancey and the cast by Nora Brennan.
Produced by Michael Croiter, Michael Rafter and Dick Scanlan, and recorded by Andy Manganello, the album will feature liner notes by Luis Miranda, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and additional orchestrations by Michael Starobin and Bruce Coughlin. Michael Rafter adapted the music and Joey Chancey is the music coordinator. The recording was mixed and edited by Croiter at Yellow Sound Lab and mastered by Michael Fossenkemper of Turtle Tone Mastering. The album was recorded on December 12, 2021 at Berklee’s Power Station in New York.