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We're recording an album for the new musical, Song of Solomon, starring Broadway vets Ramin Karimloo, Alison Luff, Alexander Gemignani!
We're recording an album for the new musical, Song of Solomon, starring Broadway vets Ramin Karimloo, Alison Luff, Hayden Tee, Alexander Gemignani!
We're recording an album for the new musical, Song of Solomon, starring Broadway vets Ramin Karimloo, Alison Luff, Hayden Tee, Alexander Gemignani!
134 backers pledged $22,852 to help bring this project to life.

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The Studio Recording has begun, and we need you more than ever!!

Just 2 WEEKS after we started our Kickstarter campaign, we met our INITIAL GOAL of $16,100. We are SO grateful to the 70 generous backers who got us there! We're very fortunate to sign on world class artists, however we recently had to add more studio time and increase our transportation costs to accommodate their schedules. This brings us to a final budget of $21,750 (see itemized breakdown below). We need you!!  Please help us continue this journey to Broadway and help us raise the final $1,500!!

What's This Project?

My new musical, Song of Solomon, just signed with Broadway Records to record its CONCEPT ALBUM this summer!  The Concept Album introduces the world to this story and music.  We're launching a fundraising campaign to cover the costs of recording (studio, orchestra, Broadway cast). We have one month to raise the funds: June 16th - July 16th!

Following the album release, we will shop it to Broadway and London (West End) Producers, Developmental Theaters, and Festivals globally, with the goal of a world premiere production!

Musical Synopsis

Song of Solomon is a thrilling new musical—an epic love story. In ancient Israel, David's bloody wars are coming to an end, and the road is treacherous and uncertain for Israel's future. To avoid war, Solomon is forced to marry foreign princesses.  But one Israeli vineyard girl intoxicates the King's heart, threatening his entire nation. She suddenly and mysteriously disappears. Song of Solomon is the King’s quest to find Almah while he struggles for peace, redemption, and humanity.

Cast

SOLOMON ............ Ramin Karimloo  (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera)
SOLOMON ............ Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera)
  
ALMAH ...... Alison Luff  (Les Miserables, Wicked, Ghost)
ALMAH ...... Alison Luff (Les Miserables, Wicked, Ghost)

 

RUBEN  ...... Alexander Gemignani (Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Chicago)
RUBEN ...... Alexander Gemignani (Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Chicago)

  

NATHAN ...... Hayden Tee (Les Miserables)
NATHAN ...... Hayden Tee (Les Miserables)

 

MAYA ...... Alessandra Baldacchino (Fun Home)
MAYA ...... Alessandra Baldacchino (Fun Home)

 

BENJAMIN ...... Casey Manning
BENJAMIN ...... Casey Manning

 

LEAH ...... Jessica Foster
LEAH ...... Jessica Foster

 

ENSEMBLE ...... Tyler Hanes (CATS, A Chorus Line)
ENSEMBLE ...... Tyler Hanes (CATS, A Chorus Line)

 

ENSEMBLE ...... Andrew Kober, (She Loves Me, Les Miserables)
ENSEMBLE ...... Andrew Kober, (She Loves Me, Les Miserables)

 

ENSEMBLE ...... Evan McCormack
ENSEMBLE ...... Evan McCormack

 

ENSEMBLE ...... Richie Abanes (Dreamgirls, original Broadway cast)
ENSEMBLE ...... Richie Abanes (Dreamgirls, original Broadway cast)

 

ENSEMBLE ...... Nicole Renée Chapman
ENSEMBLE ...... Nicole Renée Chapman

REMAINING CAST TO BE ANNOUNCED.... 

Why Donate?

Aside from the amazing rewards to the right...

  • Because you believe in the power of live theater. 
  • Because you believe in helping new artists. 
  • Because you want to hear a fresh musical score. 
  • Because you want to experience a love story. 
  • Because you want epic story-telling back on Broadway.

Creative Team 

Music: Andrew Beall
Music: Andrew Beall

  

Lyrics: Neil Van Leeuwen
Lyrics: Neil Van Leeuwen

 

Music Direction: James Lowe (Les Miserables, Anything Goes)
Music Direction: James Lowe (Les Miserables, Anything Goes)

 

Artistic Advisor: Bill Brohn (orchestrator, Wicked, Miss Saigon)
Artistic Advisor: Bill Brohn (orchestrator, Wicked, Miss Saigon)

Praise

  • "Without doubt, one of the finest performances in independent theater. A breathtakingly epic crescendo."  - Stage Buddy
  • "This cries for the Broadway Stage!" - Howard Joines, Radio City Music Hall
  • "So compelling, heartfelt, moving, filled with romance, betrayal and compassion. You don’t get a show like this anymore. You don’t get sweeping epics, like a new Evita or Miss Saigon." - Rachel Galvin, Florida Observer 
  • "A story of pining love and tortuous heartbreak." - Today's Fan

Why Song of Solomon?

We are bringing a contemporary narrative to an ancient story about human history and human connection. Our original score brings dramatic, sweeping, romantic music, filled with middle-eastern melodies, grooves, and rich harmonies yet to be heard on Broadway. Our story presents gut-wrenching themes about love, power, betrayal, and redemption. We love seeing an audience being touched by heart-felt music and identifying with the characters on stage. We LOVE story-telling!

Album Production/Distribution

  • Label: Broadway Records 
  • Studio: Avatar Studios/Yellow Sound Lab - Michael Croiter, engineer (Matilda and The Visit Broadway Cast Albums)
  • Album Release Date: October, 2016

Album Budget Breakdown

  • Studio - $7,000
  • Cast - $6,800
  • Orchestra - $4,500
  • Administrative/Fees - $1,050
  • Transportation = $2,400
  • Total = $21,750

Stretch Goals

We're incredibly grateful to have reached our target goal of $16,100.  Every dollar donated to the target goal is being spent on this album.  We've been fortunate to sign on world class artists, and to accommodate their schedules, we've had to increase our transportation costs and add more studio time.  As you can see in our updated budget above, the album will actually cost nearly $22,000.  We anticipate that the generosity of so many supporters might make it possible to move beyond our preliminary Kickstarter goal to our final goal.

Why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is the best way to raise funds for a creative project without involving expensive and complex corporate marketing companies. All of our projects involve excited fans, family, friends, and even strangers who love what we're doing and want to be a part of the creative process. Again, THANKS SO MUCH for being a part of our team!

Risks and challenges

We are beyond excited to record this album! Risks are minimal. With funding in place, the album will happen. We already have reserved the studio and have contracted the cast and musicians. In this type of project, occasionally a cast member or musician will be unavailable at the last minute....but....we are in New York City....home to the best artists in the world! It would be effortless to find a suitable replacement!

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    Stay in a fully-furnished NYC studio apartment in upper Manhattan for 2 nights on your next visit!

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