Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records “Sweet 16” Birthday Adds Melissa Errico, Caissie Levy, Ciara Renee, Alan Menken, Jason Robert Brown and More

Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records “Sweet 16” Birthday Adds Melissa Errico, Caissie Levy, Ciara Renee, Alan Menken, Jason Robert Brown and More
Cassie Levy

Caissie Levy

Grammy Award winning Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records – the premiere force in theater music and cast recordings – have added a slew of new performers to its all-star concert to celebrate the label’s landmark “Sweet 16” Birthday on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 PM. As part of the Symphony Space series Project B-Way/95, Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight founder and producer Kurt Deutsch will curate a special roster spanning the spectrum of contemporary and classic theater talent that has earned the pioneering musical theater label three Grammy Awards, twelve Grammy nominations and a Drama Desk “Special Award.” Joining the lineup are performers Melissa Errico, Lauren Worsham, Kyle Jarrow, Caissie Levy, Ciara Renee, Angela Grovey, Eric William Morris, Jason SweetTooth Williams and Lance Rubin. They are added to previously-announced talent Brittain Ashford, Mandy Gonzalez, Rebecca Naomi Jones, AnnMarie Milazzo, Hunter Parrish, and the Broadway Inspirational Voices. Albums represented will include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; Bright Lights, Big City; Godspell; High Fidelity; Hair; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; In the Heights; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; Next to NormalPassing Strange;Things to Ruin35 MM; and Women on the Verge…). Music Director Dan Lipton will lead the band. Tickets can also be purchased through www.symphonyspace.org, or by calling (212) 864-5400.

Melissa Erico

Melissa Erico

Songwriters and composers performing and/or represented include Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years), Michael Friedman (Love’s Labour’s Lost), Paul Scott Goodman (Bright Lights, Big City), Amanda Green (High Fidelity), Joe Iconis (Things to Ruin), Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), Michael John LaChiusa (First Daughter Suite), Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812), Alan Menken (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Ryan Scott Oliver (35 MM), Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Catch Me if You Can), Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater (Alice by Heart), Stephen Schwartz (Godspell), Shaina Taub (Old Hats), Stew & Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange) and David Yazbek (Women on the Verge…).

 “I’m proud of the range of music our label has preserved and highlighted over the last 16 years,” says Deutsch. “From scores created by legendary masters like Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz and Marc Shaiman, to today’s brilliant Broadway songwriters such as Jason Robert Brown, Michael Friedman and David Yazbek, along with the upcoming generation that will create tomorrow’s classics like Joe Iconis and Shaina Taub. We are thrilled to have all this musical creativity together on one stage with such stellar performing talent in celebrating the records that are treasured within the community and around the world.”

 The program is subject to change. The event will take place at Symphony Space’s “Leonard Nimoy Thalia” venue, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Tickets are $25.

 Sh-K-Boom with its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings – building a library of over 150 records in the last 16 years, featuring some of the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s brightest stars. Founded by Grammy Award winner Kurt Deutsch, Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight has won three Grammy Awards (for The Book of MormonIn the Heights and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical) and is a frequent nominee, most recently for the OBCR of the 2015 “Best Musical” Tony Award nominee Something Rotten! Other notable recent releases include the 2014 “Best Musical” Tony Award winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the 2014 “Best Score” Tony Award winner The Bridges of Madison County, Disney’s NewsiesPippin and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, adding to a catalogue that includes OBCRs of Next to NormalHairLegally BlondeBloody Bloody Andrew JacksonEveryday RapturePassing StrangeDirty Rotten ScoundrelsThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeThe Drowsy Chaperone and many more Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. The label has also released solo albums from some of Broadway’s biggest names: Patti LuPone, Sherie Rene Scott, Adam Pascal, Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Alice Ripley, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. The label continues to support the new generation of musical theatre composers with their extensive relationships with Michael John LaChiusa (GiantSee What I Wanna SeeLittle Fish) and Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew JacksonLove’s Labour’s LostThe Fortress of Solitude), as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Pasek & Paul, Joe Iconis, Ryan Scott Oliver, Shaina Taub, Dave Malloy, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk and Adam Gwon. The label recently created a new joint publishing venture with Razor & Tie to represent songwriters that fuse theatrical and pop music. Sh-K-Boom Entertainment is a producer of the acclaimed film version of The Last Five Years, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.  www.sh-k-boom.com

 SYMPHONY SPACE traces its beginnings to a free marathon concert, Wall to Wall Bach, held in 1978 and organized by co-founders Isaiah Sheffer and Allan Miller. The music marathon then drew thousands of visitors and has since become one of the organization’s signature events. Today Symphony Space presents more than 600 events each season, including music, dance, theater, film, and literary readings. Some of its best known programs include Selected Shorts, a reading of short stories by stars of stage and screen, and one of the most popular series on public radio; National Theatre Live,broadcasting the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world; and Just Kidding, one of the most talked about family entertainment series around town. Uptown Showdown has been called “New York’s best comedy series” by New York magazine. For more information, visit symphonyspace.org.

Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Box office hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 1 pm – 6 pm, open two hours prior to performances and events. Tickets can also be purchased through www.symphonyspace.org, or by calling (212) 864-5400.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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