In 1943, Decca Broadway released the first-ever cast album of all time. The musical was Rodgers and Hammerstein's groundbreaking Oklahoma!. Fast forward 76 years, the newly-relaunched Decca Broadway, part of Verve Label Group, announces the release of the new cast recording for the revival of Oklahoma!
The 2019 revival of Oklahoma! is making history as the first time the Rodgers and Hammerstein estate has allowed new arrangements of the original score. The New York Times said of these new versions, "The well-known melodies have been reimagined – by the brilliant orchestrator and arranger Daniel Kluger – with the vernacular throb and straightforwardness of country and western ballads." Daniel Fish's reimagined revival of Oklahoma! officially opened April 7 at Circle in the Square Theatre. The cast is led by Rebecca Naomi Jones as Laurey and Damon Daunno as Curly and the cast album will be produced by Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger.
Decca Broadway has been at the forefront of musical theatre recordings over the past seven decades. The historic label released The Phantom Of The Opera, one of the most successful cast recordings of all time, having gone 4x platinum. It has also released numerous iconic cast albums including the multi-platinum hits Wicked and MAMMA MIA!, as well as Rent, Les Miserables, Carousel and Guys and Dolls.
Decca Broadway has the most GRAMMY awards for "Best Show Album" including for Wicked, Spring Awakening, Spamalot, Les Miserables, Cats, Evita, Riverdance and Funny Girl. Additionally, Decca Broadway's catalogue features over 55 Tony Award winning performances and "Best Musical" winners including Billy Elliot, The King and I, Guys and Dolls, and Man of La Mancha.
Dickon Stainer, President and CEO of Universal Classics and Jazz and Verve Label Group, says: "Decca Broadway's legacy is bar-none the best in the musical theater business. With multi-platinum recordings, Grammys, and Tonys in our catalogue, we're thrilled to relaunch Decca Broadway with two of the most-talked-about Broadway musicals on the scene right now. We are proud to continue the great legacy of this storied, successful label."
Decca Broadway is part of Verve Label Group (Universal Music Group) and is relaunching with cast albums for hit musical Tootsie, produced by Grammy Award-winning producers Dean Sharenow and David Yazbek (The Band's Visit) and the hit revival Oklahoma!, produced by Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger.
OKLAHOMA! features music by RICHARD RODGERS and a book and lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II. The creative team includes: DANIEL KLUGER (Orchestrations, Arrangements & Music Supervision), JOHN HEGINBOTHAM (Choreography), NATHAN KOCI (Music Direction), LAURA JELLINEK (Scenic Design), TERESE WADDEN (Costume Design), SCOTT ZIELINSKI (Lighting Design), DREW LEVY (Sound Design), and JOSHUA THORSON (Projection Design). Casting is by WILL CANTLER and ADAM CALDWELL/Telsey & Co.
Directed by DANIEL FISH, OKLAHOMA! stars WILL BRILL as Ali Hakim, ANTHONY CASON as Cord Elam, DAMON DAUNNO as Curly McLain, JAMES DAVIS as Will Parker, GABRIELLE HAMILTON as Lead Dancer, REBECCA NAOMI JONES as Laurey Williams, WILL MANN as Mike, MALLORY PORTNOY as Gertie cummings, ALI STROKER as Ado Annie, MITCH TEBO as Andrew Carnes, two-time Tony Award-nominee MARY TESTA as Aunt Eller, and PATRICK VAILL as Jud Fry. The cast also includes: CHRIS BANNOW, DEMETIA HOPKINS-GREENE, SASHA HUTCHINGS, DENVER MILORD, KRISTIE DALE SANDERS, and CHELSEA LEE WILLIAMS.
Decca Broadway, recently relaunched as an imprint of Verve Label Group, is the industry leader in musical theater recordings. In addition to having released some of the best-selling cast albums of all time including Wicked, MAMMA MIA!, The Phantom of the Opera,Rent and more, Decca Broadway has received the most GRAMMY awards of any label for "Best Show Album." Decca Broadway's catalog features over 55 Tony Award winning performances for "Best Musical." The first release under relaunched label will be the cast album for 2019's reboot of Tootsie, a new comedy musical starring Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana.
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