Assassins, The Karate Kid – The Musical, A Chorus Line in Spanish and Hadestown – Times Square Chronicles

Broadway Records releases cast album of Stephen Sondheim’s recent Off-Broadway cover by Classic Stage Company Killers. The music is available digitally, with a physical CD release scheduled for April 15.

The recording features Adam Chanler-Berat as John Hinckley, Jr., Eddie Cooper as Landlord, Tavi Gevinson as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Andy Grotelueschen as Samuel Byck, Judy Kuhn as Sara Jane Moore, Steven Pasquale as John Wilkes Booth, Ethan Slater as Lee Harvey Oswald / The Balladeer, Will Swenson as Charles Guiteau, Wesley Taylor as Giuseppe Zangara, and Brandon Uranowitz as Leon Czolgosz. The ensemble is completed by performers and musicians Brad Giovanine, Bianca Horn, Whit K. Lee, Rob Morrison and Katrina Yaukey.

The production was led by CSC Artistic Director John Doyle and included musical direction and orchestrations by Greg Jarrett and sound design by Matt Stine and Sam Kusnetz.

The full cast and creative team have been announced for the world premiere, pre-Broadway engagement of The Karate Kid – The Musicalwho will take the stage at Stages St. Louis, starting May 25.

Jovanni Sy

The full cast includes Jovanni Sy as Chojun Miyagi, John Cardoza as Daniel LaRusso, two-time Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin as Lucille LaRusso, Alan H. Green as John Kreese, Jake Bentley Young as Johnny Lawrence, Jetta Juriansz as Ali Mills, and Luis Pablo Garcia as Freddie Fernandez.

John Cardoza

The ensemble cast will also include Manik Anand, Trevor James Berger, Leah Berry, Gabi Campo, Caitlyn Caughell, Kristina Garvida Doucette, Zachary Downer, Francis Florendo, Kayla Jenerson, Sydney Jones, Josh Hoon Lee, Noah Lentini, Garrick Macatangay, Abby Mastusaka, Judge D. Moore, Omar Nieves, Jackson Kanawha Perry, Isidro Rafael, Sangeetha Santhebennur, and Victor Carrillo Tracey.

The book is written by Robert Mark Kamen, with music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini, choreography by Keone and Mari Madrid, and direction by Amon Miyamoto. Joining the creative team are Tony Award winning scenic designer Derek McLane, costume designer Ayako Maeda, lighting designer Bradley King, sound designer Kai Harada, projection designer Peter Nigrini, orchestrator John Clancy, the musical director and arrangements Andrew Resnick.

Craft Recordings/Concord Theatricals released Antonio Banderas’ album, Teatro del Soho CaixaBank and John Breglio’s acclaimed Spanish production A chorus linethe first ever Spanish language recording of the iconic musical, on CD in Spain and on streaming and digital platforms worldwide.

The album includes a special bonus track with Tony Award® winner Laura Benanti, who starred alongside Banderas in the 2003 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of New, singing “What I Did For Love” in Spanish. A new music video featuring their performance was released today and can be viewed HERE.

Banderas produced, co-directed with Baayork Lee and starred as Zach in A chorus line, who first performed at the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank in Malaga, Spain in 2019 and is now on tour in Madrid at Teatro Calderón until April 17, followed by a race in Barcelona at Teatro Tívoli from April 23 to May 29. The production was a finalist in the Best Musical Show category at the 2020 MAX Awards.

Banderas said, “The past two years have given us all a deeper appreciation for the performing arts. A chorus line celebrates the perseverance of artists and the singular joys of this cherished art form. I am thrilled that we can now share the music from this production with the world. To be able to release the very first recording in Spanish of A chorus line is important and I hope everyone will cherish this recording.

“We are very excited to release this wonderful album from Antonio’s production,” said Sean Patrick Flahaven, Concord’s General Manager of Venues. “Hearing this iconic score in Spanish with such terrific performers and a substantial orchestra reminds us of the power of musical theater to transcend barriers.”

A Chorus Line (original Spanish cast recording) features Malaga artist Antonio Banderas and actors (in alphabetical order) Angie Alcázar, Kristina Alonso, Albert Bolea, Anna Coll, Daniel Délyon, Alberto Escobar, Roberto Facchin, Diana Girbau, Cassandra Hlong, Aaron Cobos, Fran Moreno, Beatriz Wall, Ivo Pareja-Obregón, Pablo Puyol, Estibalitz Ruiz, Fran Del Pino, Lorena Santiago, Sarah Schielke, Miguel Ángel Belotto, Juan José Marco, Fernando Mariano, Graciela Monterde, Lucrecia Petraglia, Zuhaitz San Buenaventura, Aida Sánchez, Lucía Castro, Marcela Nava, Pol Galcerá, Luis Ochoa and Elena Rueda.

The Spanish production of A chorus line has music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. The musical direction is by Arturo Díez-Boscovich, the translation of the lyrics into Spanish by Roser Batalia and the translation of the libretto into Spanish by Ignacio García May. Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, Bill Byers and Hershy Kay. A chorus line was originally conceived, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett.

jewelle blackman Photo by Matthew Murphy

the producers of Hadesville, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, are thrilled to announce that from Tuesday, April 5, jewelle blackmanwill invoke spring eight times a week at Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway (219 West 48th Street) when she takes on the role of Persephone, goddess of spring and queen of the underworld.

Jewelle Blackman Photo by Matthew Murphy

Blackman, originally from Toronto, first joined Hadesville in 2017 with the musical’s development tour at the Citadel Theater in Edmonton. She continued to captivate audiences with her soulful alto as one of the original Destiny Broadway trios and as a stand-in for Persephone. Blackman has also appeared in Canadian productions of The Lion King; we will Rock You; Caroline or Change; and dream girls and wrote the new musicals Boy Boy and the magic drum and The Trials and Triumphs of a Tar Baby. In addition to appearing on the Grammy Award®-Broadway cast winning recording she performs on Hadesvillethe acclaimed 2020 holiday album from If fate permits.

Lana Gordon, who currently plays Persephone on Broadway, will play her final performance in the show on Sunday, April 3.

Additionally, also starting Tuesday, April 5, Soara-Joye Ross will join the cast of Hadesville, succeeding Blackman as one of the Fates. Ross was recently seen in CSC’s acclaimed revival of carmen jones which won her the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also received Drama Desk and Audelco Award nominations for her portrayal of Frankie in this production.

In addition to Blackman and Ross, the Broadway cast of Hadesville also includes Grammy Award, Tony Award winner Reeve Carney® winner André De Shields, two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, and Tony Award nominee Patrick Page. They are joined by Jessie Shelton and Kay Trinidad as Fates. The Workers chorus is played by Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Timothy Hughes, Trent Saunders, Grace Yoo. The cast includes swingers Sojourner Brown, Tara Jackson, Tomás Matos, Sayo Oni, Yael “YaYa” Reich and T. Oliver Reid.

Tickets for Hadesville on Broadway are available on or by visiting the Walter Kerr Theater box office (219 West 48and Street).

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