Saturday, October 14, 2017

TWO RIVER THEATER: Original cast recording of new musical THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO


TWO RIVER THEATER is thrilled to announce that THE MUSICAL COMPANY will release the original cast recording of the celebrated new musical THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO on November 10, 2017. The album will be available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes from October 13, with the song “Unbuttoning The Buttons” available immediately on purchase. For more information on the album’s release, visithere.

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present an album release concert featuring members of the cast and band at FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street) on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $35, include a CD and are available here. Tickets on the day of performance after 4PM are only available by calling 646.476.3551.

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Daniel K. Isaac, Teal Wicks, Jane Bruce, and Eric William Morris (Photo by Amanda Crommett)

In summer 2017, THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO played an acclaimed engagement at TWO RIVER THEATER in Red Bank, NJ, starring Teal Wicks (Wicked, Finding Neverland), Eric William Morris (Be More Chill, Mamma Mia!), Jane Bruce (Elf, The Theory of Relativity), and Daniel K. Isaac (According to My Mother, Billions). The company also included Cole Burden, Brian Flores, Leenya Rideout, Christopher M. Russo, Perry Sherman, Kristin Stokes, Ian Michael Stuart, and Barbara Tirrell.

THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO by Mike Reid (composer, co-bookwriter), Sarah Schlesinger(lyricist, co-bookwriter), and John Dias (co-bookwriter) is inspired by the real-life-story of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman from late 19th century Boston who made a new life in an Idaho mining town disguised as a man called Jo.

Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum songwriter Mike Reid (whose many hits include “I Can’t Make You Love Me”) and Sarah Schlesinger together have received the Kleban Prize, Richard Rodgers Award, Gilman & Gonzalez Falla Theatre Foundation Award, and Chicago’s Jeff Award for Best Original MusicalNew Work for THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO.

John Dias, TWO RIVER’s Artistic Director, made his TWO RIVER directorial debut with this production, which featured choreography by Marc Kimelman.

The album was produced by Sean Patrick Flahaven, CEO of THE MUSICAL COMPANYand a producer on over two dozen cast albums for Stephen Sondheim and others, nine of which were Grammy-nominated, including the triple-Platinum, Grammy-winning Hamilton.

The band consists of John O’Neill (conductor/piano) and Martin Agee (violin), Troy Chang (cello), Philip Coiro (drums/percussion), Simon Hutchings (reeds), Justin Rothberg (guitar), and Joseph Wallace (bass).

TWO RIVER THEATER’s production was acclaimed by critics and audiences. “Backed by a seven-piece on-stage orchestra, Reid and Schlesinger’s songs are full of the high-flown gusto of the American West, which the cast of twelve regularly belts with full voice,” wrote Patrick Maley in The Star-Ledger. Tom Chesek of the Asbury Park Press praised the score, which “takes in a broad frontier swath of emotional territory, from Josephine/Jo’s heart-wrenching solo spots (‘Everything That Touched Her’) to Jordan’s winningly wooing ‘Whatcha Gonna Do?’ and the hauntingly melancholy bit of Americana that is Sara’s spotlight number, ’Troubled Heart.’”

Prior to the production at TWO RIVER THEATER, Steppenwolf Theatre Company produced THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO in 2000 as its first musical, prompting John Lahr to call it “the best piece of musical storytelling I have seen in a decade” in The New Yorker. It was subsequently produced at the Bridewell Theatre in London in 2003, where Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph proclaimed it, “Unmitigated brilliance. It is the best new musical I have seen in years.“.

The creative team for TWO RIVER THEATER’s production of THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JOincluded orchestrator Danny Larsen, music supervisor & vocal arranger Patrick Vaccariello, scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Jess Goldstein, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, sound designer Drew Levy, wig designer Leah J. Loukas, and fight director Thomas Schall. The casting was by Jack Doulin + Sharky.The production stage manager was Amanda Michaels and the assistant stage manager was Denise Cardarelli.

THE MUSICAL COMPANY is also proud to announce that it represents live stage performance licensing of THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO, available now to professional theatres, with subsequent amateur licensing coming soon.

Since its founding in 1994, TWO RIVER THEATER has been committed to creating great American theater by developing and producing work by some of the country’s leading artists. We are proud to be viewed as a vital cultural resource in the community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Through 10 theatrical productions each year (including world premieres, musicals, classics and theater for young audiences) and 50+ annual events, we produce exceptional theater and cultivate engaged audiences. TWO RIVER THEATER is under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst. For more information, visit


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