According to PS Classics, “The Theory of Relativity grew out of stories told to the authors by a group of young actors. Much in the style of A Chorus Line, composer/lyricist Bartram and bookwriter Hill adapted these true stories – about home, childhood, family, love and loss – into an emotional and accessible show that explores how young people create communities out of their shared experiences.”
The musical was recently presented at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT.
It is produced by PS Classics staff engineer Bart Migal.
The recording features Jennifer Apple, Robert Ariza, Michael Browne, Victoria Cook, Michael Coale Grey, Kurt Hellerich, Erika Henningsen, Caitlin Houlahan, Gizel Jiménez, Kyra Kennedy, Erin Kommor, Keith Potts and Mack Shirilla – and six musicians, with music direction by Daniel Green.
Philip Chaffin, co-founder of PS Classics, told Playbill.com, “Tommy and I knew from the Goodspeed performances, where Relativity played to packed houses and standing ovations, that we wanted to be the ones to preserve it on disc. As with The Story of My Life, we responded not just favorably, but viscerally, to Neil and Brian’s work, and Neil’s songs in Relativity – although they’re inspired and performed by young adults – speak to us every bit as much as the songs in Story. And what’s more, they sound just like Neil; his musical voice comes through so clearly, the mark of any great songwriter. We’re proud to be part of the Relativity family, and with Music Theatre International now licensing the show, we predict it’ll have a long and happy life.”
The album is already available for pre-order at Amazon and PSClassics.com.
(Updated June 3)