What better way to chronicle a season of Broadway musicals than by creating a sampler album that includes a song from each of the many the musical productions that open in the span of a year? Broadway Records, in conjunction with Tony Award Productions, has done just that with the “2017 Tony Award Season Album.”
Each musical from the 2016-2017 season, including the 2017 Tony nominated musicals, were invited to contribute a song to this new compilation album. Broadway fans were also invited to cast their vote for the tracks that should be included on the album. A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League’s arts education initiatives. The final track-list is as follows:
“Deep Beneath the City/Not There Yet” – In Transit
“Times Are Hard For Dreamers” – Amélie, a New Musical
“The Baseball Game” – Falsettos
“With One Look” – Sunset Boulevard
“In a World Like This” – A Bronx Tale
“Sincerely, Me” – Dear Evan Hansen
“Shaking the Blues Away” – Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musial
“It Must Be Believed to Be Seen” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“Letters” – Natasha, Piette & the Great Comet of 1812
“The Last Night of the World” – Miss Saigon
“Me and the Sky” – Come From Away
“Nobody” – Bandstand
“Journey to the Past” – Anastasia
“Memory” – Cats
“Seeing You” – Groundhog Day the Musical
The cover art features a specially commissioned Tony season illustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson. The packaging will include an essay by noted musical theatre historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper, as well as details about each show. The first 1,000 people to buy the album at BroadwayRecords.com or TonyAwardsStore.com will receive a free limited-edition “Lights of Broadway” Tony Nominees 2017 showcard with their purchase.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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