Go behind the scenes and into the recording studio with Shoshana Bean as she records her take on Jason Robert Brown's "Surabaya-Santa" in the video above, filmed during the recording sessions for the new Songs for a New World cast recording. The two-disc album, due January 25 from Ghostlight Records, features the cast of Encores! Off-Center's summer 2018 production, including Bean, Mykal Kilgore, Solea Pfeiffer, and Colin Donnell.
The album is currently available for pre-order at GhostlightRecords.com; those who order the digital album will receive an immediate download of the "Surabaya-Santa" track.
The song cycle—Brown's debut professional work—premiered Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre in 1995, with a cast that included Billy Porter, Andréa Burns, Jessica Molaskey, and Brooks Ashmanskas. Brown revised and expanded the arrangements and orchestrations for the Encores! Off-Center production, newly featuring a nine-piece band with a string quartet.
The cast recording is produced by Jeffrey Lesser and Brown, with Stacey Mindich serving as executive producer.
The Encores! Off-Center production was directed by Kate Whoriskey and choreographed by Rennie Harris, who incorporated an ensemble of dancers including Phil S. Cuttino Jr., Virgil Gadson, Mai Lê Hô, Samantha Shepherd, and Danzel Thompson-Stout.
Tom Murray served as music director, and James Sampliner led a band that included Monica Davis and Katherine Livolsi (Violin), Yuko Naito-Gotay (Viola), Mairi Dorman Phaneuf (Cello), Randy Landau (Bass), Lorraine Faina (Drums), Benny Koonyevsky (Percussion), and Hidayat Honari (Guitar).