BroadwayGlobal shares the exclusive true life story of recording the New Broadway Cast Recording of “Pippin”. The Broadway Cast Recording of “Pippin” is available for pre-order today on iTunes.
If you purchase the CD you can see and hear the hundreds of “Pippin” fans that joined together for a first in Broadway history. The “Pippin” recording fan group photo is displayed in the New Broadway Cast “Pippin” CD. Booklet. The “Pippin” logo in this exclusive article was the special invite that one needed to attend the Broadway recording event. The reverse side had the lyrics to what we were about to record, “No Time at All”. In just “No Time at All” we were all introduced to the music of “Pippin” that now has been nominated for ten 2013 Tony Awards.
What was it like to join hundreds of “Pippin” fans for the all New Broadway Cast Recording of “Pippin”? We all knew we had “Magic to Do” as we all joined Stephen Schwartz, his Music Director Charlie, the recording team at a concert hall on 63rd street just off Central Park. Hundreds of “Pippin” fans were invited. Sitting next to a nice man who saw the original production starring Ben Vereen, we were asked how many in the recording session had been in a production of “Pippin“?
A sea full of hands went up. It would have been easier to ask how many have never been in a production of “Pippin“. Then the music director asked how many played “Pippin” again there were so many Pippin’s in the concert hall I lost count trying to document it. The song we were recording is the audience participation song sung by the Tony Award nominated Andrea Martin (Berthe). Stephen Schwartz even added some new harmonies and a splashy new ending for the New Broadway Cast Recording of “Pippin”, because these singing fans were so amazing.
There are only a few moments in life that are that once in a lifetime memorable experience. Recording the New Broadway Cast Recording of “Pippin” is at the very top of the best moments in life. “Pippin” is one of the best musicals ever written. It is just as good today or even better than ever. The music and story is timeless. When Andrea Martin (Berthe) popped in the recording session the concert hall was full of applause, screams and cheers.
Andrea jumped on the stage took in the standing ovation and grabbed the mic. “Why am I taking over? I thought I’m doing my stand up routine.” We broke into laughter. Andrea said “Thank you so much for being here, I was not supposed to be here this early, but I was outside listening, and it was so moving to hear all of you. I just want to say this because I don’t think you can hear this enough, Stephen Schwartz wrote this song when he was 23 or 24. Just think about this, writing a song with these lyrics, about staying in the moment”
Andrea spoke the lyrics “Oh, it’s time to start livin’. Time to take a little from the world we’re given. Time to take time, cause spring will turn to fall in just “No Time At All”. And in just “No Time At All” Then she said “That’s so profound for a young person to, think about. And then to write this beautiful song that everybody feels so good singing, and is so uplifting, now we know, all we have is this moment. The fact that he wrote this at 24 shows his journey.” Anyway keep going, singing for free” Thank you so much.” Laughter and applause filled the room.
The MD Charlie directed us as he played piano. The first chorus is all unison so lets practice. As they broke down the parts for the bass, baritones, altos I wished I was a soprano with the melody. As so many were cutting off at different times he said “We had a couple of early cut offs! A great voice teacher I once worked with said, “If you are holding a note out, its because you have not finished what you are saying, you have to mean it for the whole count, otherwise it just becomes a note, and we loose interest.” Make sense?” “Again. Amazing!” “Lets sing with the actual track. “
“The great Mr. Manchester sound engineer of the entire album…, just a genius.” We would listen to the recording to match the exact timing. MD Charlie says “Just listen first to hear tempo and the vibe we are going for first.” Charlie would guide us. “So it’s faster then we are doing… lets give it a try with the track.””Stay on top of yourself, stay on top of the beat.”
The production assistant would comment “Just so you guys know the group you are hearing on this recording is the cast members of “Pippin“, the Broadway ensemble, there are no extra voices you are gong to be the only people on the recording with the seven singers and eight acrobats we have on stage.”
“Try singing to just the voices, lets see how we do.” “If we have the band playing out here, it will change the sound of the band, just match that timing. I know you can do it.” this is only twelve minutes into the session. “Lets try one with us all standing. ” “I’m hoping to wear these very attractive headphone and listen to tracks to make sure we are all lined up. I’m not listening to Jay Z.” MD Charlie.
“We are just going to play it back to make sure we are OK with timing.” 2, 3, 4. The playback with all of us sounded amazing. “Terrific, timing was good, it’s actually going to work. Amazing! Now we are going to do it. This one is going to count! I just ask you all to smile, and the reason for this is it actually changes the sound of voice, it puts your voice further out front, and just lifts the pitch just a little bit. Just do exactly what you’re doing. But, feel foolish, because your singing like this.” As Charlie demonstrated that snoopy look, singing with chin out look. Lets just say he got everyone to smile!
“Guys, no pictures during the recording because the sound with get into the mics. No clicks, No excessive scratching.” Laughter would break out. “Wow! What a difference. Now that we are smiling we are almost ahead of the beat. One more time. Once we finish the cut off, silent for two, three, four.” MD Charile. “OK that sounded ridiculous!” Andrea Martin (Berthe). More laughter. “Now this one is just a little faster, and hit timing on, time to take time.” MD Charlie.
“Are there any Mormons out here? Because that literally sounded like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.” Applause. “This is so crazy, and this room is so beautiful. I wish I was dating, cause I would love to get married in this room. Anyway that’s a whole different thing. ” Andrea Martin (Berthe). Laughs, laughs and more laughs. Some of the best moments one can have in life.
MD Charlie “That was just really perfect.’ Amazing. Now third chorus same thing.” “Again.” Just asked Lawrence if timing worked as he was listening.” “Lets keep going. Lets do one for real.” We would listen to each section. “We need to do the same thing on the next one.” Listen again, “On this one, lets just hear that again, because the the timing is a bit different, it retards just a bit.” It’s still a four count, but its not 1, 2, 3, 4, It’s One, Two, Three, Four.
Stephen Schwarts was like a kid in a candy store, so gracious. He would give his a smile and his ok and notes. “But it slows down, don’t delabor the crescendo, think sweeten as we hold it out, that will soften it.” “We want frisky!” MD Charlie. We would listen and match the timing. Each time we listed back to the tracks we had recorded, we applauded because it sounded so wonderful.
“The last show I performed in was “Enter Laughing” a few years ago with Avi Hoffman (TV Starz -The Glades, “Too Jewish“) so a bit nervous I was hoping I could remember to cut off on the count of four. Who wants to be that one person to be thrown out of a Broadway recording session because you can’t get your part, or cut off on the right count?” Richard Cameron.
“You see how our MD Charlie is so nice? He is like that every night of the show, the most enthusiastic., loving, happy so perfect for the show because we are so lucky to have him, and look how he did this with everyone today.” Andrea Martin (Berthe). Applause broke out. Rehearsing the ending went on for a bit, breaking down each part. “No coughing!”
“One more just for safety because you all sound so good, and I don’t want to leave yet.” “I want to thank Ghostlight Records for making this all happen” That’s it, that last note is on the beat.” Then Stephen suggested and ending with new harmonies. “Is this history in the making and Stephen Schwartz actually composing this all for us, right here!” Andrea Martin (Berthe). “Well, I was going to have you all sing in unison, but it just sounded to good, it seemed a sham to waist.” Stephen Schwartz.
“OK Baritones, we are really going to touch that C sharp, just a hey you, and off… that’s it amazing. Let’s do one for real. One more just for safety, it’s just like taking that second picture, and the first one was great.” Laughter. “The tape, the tape might get caught.” Laughter. “That 8-track tape.” In just “No time at all” we had a very special new unique ending. “That”s really amazing!” MD Charlie.
Then Curt said “We want to put you all in the Broadway “Pippin” CD Booklet.” We took a group photo with Stephen Schwartz, Andrea, the production team and fans that had gathered for the Broadway breaking history moment. A Broadway recording moment that we all will share for eternity. As we yelled out Tony for Andrea, “Pippin” Broadway history was made.
The New Broadway Cast Recording of “Pippin” includes “Magic to Do”, “Corner of the Sky”, “War is a Science”, “Glory”, “Simple Joys”, “No Time at All”, “With You”, “Spread a Little Sunshine”, “Morning Glow”, “Entr’acte”, “On the Right Track”, “Kind of Woman”, “Extraordinary”, “Love Song”, “I Guess I’ll Miss the Man”, “Finale”. Also (Sing A Long versions) “Corner of the Sky”, “Simple Joys”, “Kind of Woman”, “Extraordinary” and “Pippin” digital Booklet. Twenty one songs included.
The New Broadway Cast Recording of “Pippin” is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Pre-order now and you’ll get a free download of “Magic To Do!” visit bit.ly/pippinpreorder.
The new Broadway “Pippin” soundtrack will be released June 04, 2013, under the exclusive license to Ghostlight Records. The pre-order price is $11.99 on iTunes.
The exclusive BroadwayGlobal “Pippin’ review on examiner. You can listen to the entire “Pippin” Broadway Revival Cast Recording only on Entertainment weekly.
For tickets to Broadway’s Best Revival of “Pippin” visit www.pippinthemusical.com. “Pippin” is one of the most beloved musicals in Broadway history, with music and lyrics written by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and Book by Roger O. Hirson now on Broadway.
Tony Award, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critic Circle Award nominated Broadway star Patina Miller was recently named Broadway’s sexiest by BroadwayGlobal. “Patina stars in Broadway’s best new revival of Stephen Schwartz musical “Pippin“. This “Pippin” is soulful and magical!” BroadwayGlobal.
“With astonishing illusions “Pippin” is revived like never seen before, a Theatre Chat top pick for one of the best Broadway revivals in years. “Pippin” has found its “Corner of the Sky”. “Pippin” has “Magic to Do” just for you” but more than magical, its astonishing! A magical love story of finding one’s self. ” Theatre Chat.
Patina Miller’s voice is as magical as ever, and the Bobb Fossee inspired choreography by Chet Walker looks as good on Miller as it did on Ben Vereen. Chet’s choreography, the illusions, the cast, sets, costumes, lighting are all the “Simple Joy’s” of live theatre, bringing back “Glory” to Broadway. Everything has its season… and this season, “Pippin” has returned to Broadway for the first time since it first thrilled audiences forty years ago. For tickets visit www.pippinthemusical.com.
With the iconic score by Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell“, “Wicked“) that includes the favorites “Magic to Do,” “Glory” and “Corner of the Sky,” “Pippin” tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? “Join us, Leave your fields to flower, Join us…” for a magical, unforgettable and the Best New Broadway Revival “Pippin“!” BroadwayGlobal.
The cast of “Pippin” : Matthew James Thomas (Pippin), Patina Miller (Leading Player), Terrance Mann (Charles), Charlotte d’Ambroise (Fastrada), Rachel Bay Jones (Catherine), Andrea Martin (Berthe), Andrew Cekala (Theo), Ashton Woerz (Theo), Erik Altemus (Lewis, u/s Pippin), Gregory Arsenal (Player), Lolita Costet (Player), Colin Cunliffe (Player, u/s Lewis), Andrew Fitch (Player), Orion Griffiths (Player), Viktoria Grimmy (Player), Sabrina Harper (Player, u/s Berthe), Olga Karmansky (Player), Bethany Moore (Player), Brad Muscrove (Swing, Asst. Choreographer, Dance Captain), Stephanie Pope (Player, u/s Leading Player), Philip Rosenberg (Player, Asst. Dance Captain), Yannick Thomas (Player), Molly Tynes (Player), and Anthony Wayne (Player).
Production Roger O. Hirson (Book), Stephen Schwartz (Music and Lyrics), Diane Paulis (Director), Chet Walker (Choreographer), Gypsy Snider (Circus Creation), Nadia DiGiallonardo (Music Supervisor and Arrangements), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Scott Pask (Scenic Design), Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Dominique Lemieux (Costume Design), Clive Goodwin (Sound Design), Paul Kieve (Illusions), Jake Bell (Technical Supervisor), Edward Pierce (Design Supervisor), John Miller (Music Coordinator), Charlie Alterman (Music Director), Nancy Harrington (Associate Director/Production Stage Manager), Julie Baldauff (Assistant Stage Manager), Stephen R. Gruse (Assistant Stage Manager), Duncan Stewart/Benton Whitley (Casting), Jeff Klein (Company Manager), BJ Holt (General Manager), Mia Walker (Assistant Director), The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T), Actors Equity Association.
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler (Producer), Howard and Janet Kagan (Producer), Lisa Matlin (Producer), Kyodo Tokyo. Inc. (Producer), Alan and Adam Gordon/Brunish Trinchero (Producer), Tom Smedes/Peter Stern (Producer), Broadway Across America (Producer), Independent Presenters Network (Producer), Allen Spivak (Producer), Rebecca Gold (Producer ), Joshua Goodman (Producer), Stephen E. McManus (Producer), David and Jill Robbins/Bryan and Margie Weingarten (Producer), Phillip Hagemann/Murry Rosenthal (Producer), Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arna/ Myla Lerner (Producer), Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis (Producer), Ben Friedman (Producer), Sharon A Carr (Producer), Patricia R. Klausner (Producer), Square Theatrics (Producer), Wendy Federman/Carl Mollenberg) (Producer), Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman (Producer)), Infinity Theatre Co./Michael Rubenstein (Producer), Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney (Producer), James L. Simon (Associate Producer),and Alecia Parker (Executive Producer).
“Pippin” is a BroadwayGlobal and Theatre Chat top pick for Best Broadway Revival. The Music Box located at West 45th Street New York, New York 10036. For tickets visit www.pippinthemusical.com.
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