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Broadway Revival of ANNIE To Get Cast Recording on Shout! Broadway Label

Shout! Broadway announces
New Broadway Cast Recording for

ANNIE

Produced by 12-time Grammy® Award-winner Thomas Z. Shepard,
New Cast Recording will be released at the Palace Theatre  and Digital Platforms in early May
and available in stores nationwide this Spring 

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NEW YORK, NYShout! Factory, and its Broadway cast imprint Shout! Broadway, is pleased to announce that it will release and distribute the New Broadway Cast Recording for the critically- acclaimed production of the classic Broadway musical,ANNIE.

ANNIE, winner of seven 1977 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, with all three authors receiving Tony Awards® for their work.  The new Broadway production of ANNIE is directed by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony Award®-winner James Lapine and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Andy Blankenbuehler.   The new production opened November 8, 2012 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway, between 46th and 47th Streets), where it is currently playing.     

The album, featuring the original cast of the current production, began recording on March 3, 4 at the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios, and recording will continue on March 11, 2013.  The album is available for pre-order at the Palace Theatre and fans who wish to order online can reserve their copy at http://anniethemusicalshop.com starting on March 6, 2013.  The recording will be available for sale in early May 2013 at the Palace Theatre, at www.anniethemusical.com, in Broadway gift shops, and on iTunes. It will be available online and in stores nationwide soon thereafter at a date to be announced.

The album will be produced by legendary 12-time GRAMMY® winner Thomas Z. Shepard, the first of many projects planned together for Shout! Broadway.   Douglas Denoff and Dennis Grimaldi produce for Shout! Broadway, whose first release was the GRAMMY®-nominated Original Broadway Cast Album for the hit Gershwin musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It.  

Thomas Z. Shepard produced the original cast recordings for dozens of Broadway shows including the original productions of many Sondheim musicals, including the GRAMMY®-winning recordings of Sweeney Todd, Company and Sunday in the Park with George. He also produced the original cast recordings of 1776, La Cage aux Folles and 42nd Street, among others.  He is the recipient of the NARAS Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement and a Drama Desk Special Award “for preserving musical theater heritage on record.”

ANNIE was one of the biggest Broadway musical hits of the 1970s, running for almost six years and playing 2,377 performances.  The score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow”.  The GRAMMY® Award-winning original 1977 Broadway cast album has gone platinum, selling over one million copies to date.  The current Broadway production at the Palace Theatre is a clear hit, breaking the house record at the Palace Theatre with a gross of $2.05 million for the week of Christmas, 2012. 

Broadway producers Douglas Denoff and Dennis Grimaldi have forged an exclusive license agreement with Shout! Broadway, a division of Shout! Factory, to release and distribute Broadway cast albums and other projects.  Denoff and Grimaldi are both seasoned Broadway producers with Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prizes and GRAMMY® nominations among them.

Said Denoff, “Shout! Broadway is unique compared to the existing boutique cast album labels in that we have the benefit of Shout!’s distribution, so our albums will be available not only in the theatres, online and in all the Broadway shops and websites, but also in national retail outlets. “ 

He continued, “Our mission is to bring back the glory days of cast albums, both artistically, and from a business standpoint. Our budgets are sensible and our goal is to have finished albums on-sale in the theatre within three to five weeks of recording.  We hope to make cast albums profitable again and encourage show producers to think of us and Shout! Broadway first.”

Says Grimaldi: “We have the flexibility to work with the finest producers in the business, to achieve the highest artistic standards.   Our first recording, Nice Work If You Can Get It , was produced by seven-time GRAMMY® nominee Robert Sher, Bill Elliott and David Chase and is a glorious celebration of that shows’ music and beautiful orchestrations.  It has received numerous rave reviews.  We are ecstatic that we will be working with Tom Shepard on ANNIE and future projects.  Tom and I collaborated on Annie Warbucks which is now a highly prized collectible, and his work speaks for itself.”

Thomas Z. Shepard states “I was thrilled to be asked by Dennis and Doug to participate on this great project.  I look forward to working closely with the creators of ANNIEand hope that, together, we will bring something unique to this recording.”

Shout! Factory CEO Richard Foos remarks “Shout! has a 10-year legacy of great content and we are thrilled to be working with Doug and Dennis to bring our resources to the legacy of Broadway.”

ANNIE stars Katie Finneran as Miss Hannigan, Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks and Lilla Crawford as Annie, with Brynn O’Malley as Grace Farrell, Clarke Thorell as Rooster Hannigan, and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily St. Regis.  The Orphans are Madi Rae DiPietro as July, Georgi James as Pepper, Junah Jang as Tessie, Tyrah Skye Odoms as Kate, Taylor Richardson as Duffy, Emily Rosenfeld as Molly, Brooklyn Shuck as standby for Molly, Kate, Tessie, July and Duffy, Sadie Sink as standby for Annie, Tessie, Duffy, July and Kate and Jaidyn Young as standby for Annie, Pepper, Duffy and July.  The production also features Ashley Blanchet, Jane Blass, Jeremy Davis, Fred Inkley, Merwin Foard, Joel Hatch, Danette Holden, Amanda Lea LaVergne, Gavin Lodge, Liz McCartney, Desi Oakley, Keven Quillon, David Rossetti, Sarah Solie, Dennis Stowe and Ryan VanDenBoom.

ANNIE features new orchestrations by Michael Starobin, additional orchestrations by Doug Besterman and Alex Lacamoire, vocal arrangements and musical direction by Todd Ellison and dance arrangements by Alex Lacamoire. ANNIE is produced by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, James M. Nederlander, Jane Bergère/Daryl Roth and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika.  Executive Producer and General Manager is 101 Productions/Wendy Orshan and Jeffrey M. Wilson

ANNIE and LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE®© 2013 TMS News & Features, LLC. All rights reserved.   

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

 

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