Broadway Records and Yellow Sound Label will release an original score recording for The Beast in the Jungle, John Kander and David Thompson's new dance play that debuted Off-Broadway earlier this year. The album will be released digitally and in stores September 14.
The Vineyard Theatre celebrated the world-premiere opening of The Beast in the Jungle May 23. The original work, a play that fuses a waltz-inspired instrumental score with ballet and contemporary dance, is inspired by Henry James’ 1903 novella.
The Beast in the Jungle is created by Tony-winning composer Kander, Tony-nominated playwright David Thompson, and Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman. The score was orchestrated by Greg Anthony Rassen and Sam Davis. The production starred Tony Yazbeck (On the Town), Irina Dvorovenko (The Americans’), Teagle F. Bougere (The Crucible), and Peter Friedman (Ragtime) as well as Maira Barriga (Miami City Ballet’s Corps De Ballet), Elizabeth Dugas (The Metropolitan Opera’s The Merry Widow), Leah Hofmann (Something Rotten!), Naomi Kakuk (The Producers), Brittany Marcin Maschmeyer (Bullets Over Broadway), and Erin Moore (Shuffle Along).
The Beast in the Jungle (Original Score Recording) is produced by Michael Croiter and David Loud, and co-produced by Kumiko Yoshii, Una Jackman and Jay Alix.
The Vineyard production featured scenic and costume design by Michael Curry, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Peter Hylenski, and music supervision by David Loud. The production stage manager was Johnny Milani.
The Beast in the Jungle was produced by the Vineyard with support from Gorgeous Entertainment, Una Jackman and Jay Alix, and additional support from Marc and Carolyn Seriff and Amy Segal.