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Original cast recording of the musical by Greta Gertler Gold & Hilary Bell, inspired by the book by Shaun Tan. Featuring Nicola Bowman.
Original cast recording of the musical by Greta Gertler Gold & Hilary Bell, inspired by the book by Shaun Tan. Featuring Nicola Bowman.
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THE RED TREE is a new musical by Greta Gertler Gold (music) and Hilary Bell (book & lyrics)*. We are so thrilled to have been commissioned by the National Theatre of Parramatta to create this show. It runs from October 20-28. Tickets for the show and more info are now available here.

We hope, with your support, to record the Official Cast Album soon after the run finishes. The score fuses pop, classical and traditional musical theatre elements with sound design and digital recording technology. 

The musical is inspired by Shaun Tan's beloved picture book of the same name. While Tan's book is a non-narrative series of images, our show follows a young girl, Ava, over a day on which she refuses to get out of bed. But in hiding from the world, her imagination thrusts her into landscapes and situations far more bizarre than those she's avoiding. 

We've been good friends for nearly 20 years, and are revelling in working together on this, our first collaboration of many, we hope. With a Brooklyn-based composer and a Sydney-based lyricist, we have relied on Skype and email until now, with Greta in Australia, when we get be in a room with a piano and do it the old-fashioned way.

* Please visit the Profile page here to read more about Hilary and Greta.

With your generosity, we'll be mailing you a CD of this new Australian musical in time for Christmas.

Watch this space for new videos, song demos, pix, and more as the month progresses! And to kick off, here's an appetiser... 

Recording Project Personnel:

Hilary Bell - Lyrics & Book

Greta Gertler Gold - Composer, Musical Director, Producer, Pianist, Vocals

Nicola Bowman ('Ava') - actor & lead vocals

Ben Fink - Guitar, Vocals

Bonnie Stewart - Drums, percussion, vocals.

Phil Punch - Audio engineer. Electric Avenue Studios, Sydney.

Adam D Gold - Arrangements, Sound Design, Producer, Mixing, Additional Engineering.

** Special thanks to Ivy Johnston, for our red tree design (above).

Risks and challenges

We are confident that it is a realistic financial goal. We plan to record the entire album in one day, directly after the final performance. The musicians will be in top form after having played two shows most days for a fortnight, and we anticipate the whole thing will go smoothly.

We are budgeting to pay all the artists involved, as well as cover studio time and post-production. Our budget also includes the costs incurred by artwork and distribution of rewards.

We feel very strongly about the importance of making a cast recording of a new Australian musical. Original, local musicals are few and far between, and recordings of them even rarer. As well as recording the album for posterity, it will be a vital tool in exciting interest, both in Australia and internationally, in an ongoing life for THE RED TREE.

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    THE SEED: Digital Album

    Digital only recording of 'The Red Tree' original cast album in advance of its official release.

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    THE SAPLING: CD copy of the album.

    1 copy of 'The Red Tree' original cast album on CD in advance of its official release.

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    THE BRANCHES: CD and Signed Program

    An advance copy of 'The Red Tree' original cast album on CD or digitally. Plus a copy of the program from the National Theatre of Parramatta production, signed by Greta, Hilary and the cast.

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    THE ROOTS: Recording and Songbook

    1 copy of 'The Red Tree' original cast album on CD. (Or digital recording). Plus 'The Red Tree' Songbook: Piano / Vocals.

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    THE TRUNK: Music and Credit

    An advance copy of the album in desired format (CD or digitally), a copy of the Songbook plus Executive Producer credit in the artwork and all promotional materials for the recording.

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    THE CANOPY: Music and Commission

    An advance copy of the album in desired format (CD or digitally), a copy of the Songbook, Executive Producer Credit and a demo recording of a NEW SONG (topic or dedication of your choice) composed for you by Greta Gertler Gold & Hilary Bell.

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