“R&H GOES POP!,” NEW ALBUM & NEW VIDEO OF ANDY MIENTUS PERFORMING “SOME ENCHANTED EVENING” AVAILABLE NOW
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FOR RELEASE ON FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021
CRAFT RECORDINGS AND CONCORD THEATRICALS
RELEASE NEW ALBUM
“R&H GOES POP!”
ALONG WITH NEW MUSIC VIDEO FEATURING
AND HIS SULTRY TAKE ON “SOME ENCHANTED EVENING”
ALBUM FEATURES BROADWAY’S BEST, INCLUDING
KATRINA LENK, JEREMY JORDAN, ALI STROKER,
GAVIN CREEL, ARIANA DEBOSE, JELANI ALLADIN,
ASHLEY PARK, SANTINO FONTANA, AND MORE
New York, NY (March 26, 2021) – Craft Recordings and Concord Theatricals are proud to announce the digital release of the R&H Goes Pop! album. Featuring contemporary takes on timeless Rodgers & Hammerstein classics, the full album can be streamed and downloaded HERE.
To celebrate, a new music video featuring Andy Mientus (CW’s “The Flash,” NBC’s “Smash”) performing a new take on “Some Enchanted Evening” was released today. The video, shot in 2019, was directed by two-time Tony Award® nominee Michael Arden, and also features Dyllón Burnside (FX’s “Pose”), John Cameron Mitchell, and Michael McElroy.
Watch the music video on the Rodgers & Hammerstein YouTube channel HERE.
“I was absolutely gobsmacked when the R&H team agreed to let me tackle ‘Some Enchanted Evening,’ one of my favorites from the catalog and an undeniably immortal hit,” said Mientus. “I wanted to make a version that felt as romantic for a new generation as the original must have felt in 1949. To me, romance is a crowded after-hours party and the kind of moody, sensual pop you might hear there. I asked my frequent collaborator, Van Hughes, to help bring my sonic idea to life. I hope that we’ll be able to have crowded rooms again soon and that someone might meet their stranger there with this legendary song as the soundtrack.”
R&H Goes Pop! features the brightest Broadway stars performing and honoring the Rodgers & Hammerstein catalog with unique and inventive takes, ranging from pop and rock to R&B and country. The 15-track album features reinterpreted takes on iconic songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s hit Broadway musicals.
Album Track List:
- “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” – performed by Jeremy Jordan
- “Shall We Dance?” – performed by Ariana DeBose
- “Some Enchanted Evening” – performed by Andy Mientus
- “It Feels Good” – performed by Lilli Cooper
- “Something Wonderful” – performed by Gavin Creel
- “Lonely Room” – performed by Rebecca Naomi Jones
- “This Nearly Was Mine” – performed by Ryan McCartan
- “The Next Ten Minutes Ago” – performed by Jeremy Jordan & Laura Osnes
A mashup of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Ten Minutes Ago” and Jason Robert Brown’s “The Next Ten Minutes” from The Last Five Years
- “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” – performed by Ali Stroker
- “Younger Than Springtime” – performed by Derek Klena
- “Something Good” – performed by Katrina Lenk
- “We Kiss in a Shadow” – performed by Jelani Alladin & Matt Doyle
- “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” – performed by Santino Fontana
- “Do-Re-Mi” – performed by Ashley Park
- “The Sweetest Sounds” – performed by Kyle Selig
The track “Some Enchanted Evening” features an arrangement and track production by Van Hughes. The music video was shot by Notice Pictures in October 2019.
The album was produced by Concord Theatricals (Dana Siegel, Haydyn Meythaler and Kinsley Suer). It was mixed and mastered by Seth Presant and Paul Blakemore.
The online media kit, including the hi-res album cover and a full list of arrangers and musicians for each track, can be accessed HERE.
Stock and amateur rights for Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals are represented by Concord Theatricals.
ANDY MIENTUS is best known for playing writer Kyle Bishop on NBC’s “Smash” and Hartley Rathaway, AKA the Pied Piper, in the hit CW series “The Flash.” Mientus also played Hanschen in the first national tour of Spring Awakening and Stokes in the Off- Broadway revival of Carrie. His Broadway debut was playing Marius in the 2014 production of Les Misérables.
R&H GOES POP! The ongoing R&H Goes Pop! series can be viewed on YouTube HERE. R&H Goes Pop! aims to preserve the legacy of Rodgers & Hammerstein by inspiring artists to interpret the R&H classics in a contemporary light. The launch of this YouTube series celebrated and coincided with the 75th anniversary of the team’s first collaboration, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Hosted by Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific), the series features the brightest Broadway stars performing and honoring the classic canon of Rodgers & Hammerstein in unique and inventive styles ranging from pop and rock to R&B and country.
R&H Goes Pop! launched in January 2019 with the premiere of a music video featuring Jeremy Jordan singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’.” The series also features Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan, Matt Doyle and Jelani Alladin, Derek Klena, Kyle Selig, Ashley Park, Ryan McCartan, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, Gavin Creel, Katrina Lenk, Ariana DeBose, Andy Mientus, Lilli Cooper and Santino Fontana. Each performs songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, including Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and more.
RICHARD RODGERS AND OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II. After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (Composer, 1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (Librettist/Lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in American musical theater. Prior to joining forces, Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on musical comedies that epitomized wit and sophistication (Pal Joey, On Your Toes, Babes In Arms and more), while Hammerstein brought new life to operetta and created the classic Show Boat with Jerome Kern. Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, introduced an integrated form that became known as “the musical play.” Their shows that followed included Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals have earned Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer, and Olivier Awards. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is a Concord Company, www.concord.com.
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