Peter Filichia, Jena Tesse Fox, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Cinco Paul, who wrote the book, music, and lyrics to the new musical, “Bubble Boy.” This week’s reviews include Encores! Off-Center production of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin and Theatreworks USA production of Pete the Cat. We also chat about controversy at The Great Comet.
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Guest: Cinco Paul, writer of “Bubble Boy” music, lyrics, and book
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS PRESENTS
ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING
FROM THE WRITERS OF THE “DESPICABLE ME” MOVIES
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY CINCO PAUL
BOOK BY CINCO PAUL AND KEN DAURIO
STARRING A.J. HOLMES, RICHARD KIND, CAROLINE BOWMAN, MATT DOYLE AND ALICE RIPLEY
AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL FORMATS TODAY, FRIDAY, JULY 28
New York, NY – Ghostlight Records has released the Original Cast Recording of Bubble Boy, the new musical based on the 2001 cult classic film of the same name, in both digital and physical formats today, Friday, July 28. The show is created by Cinco Paul (music, lyrics and book) and Ken Daurio (book), writers of the international hit animated films The Secret Life of Pets, Horton Hears a Who!, The Lorax, and Despicable Me 1, 2 & 3. Bubble Boy is the second major project for Daurio and Paul this summer, with their new film Despicable Me 3 currently in cinemas nationwide. A special music video of album’s first single “Bring Back My Boy” — featuring Alice Ripley — can be viewed here. A music video for the album’s second single “Falling for the Boy” is available here. Order the album via Apple Music.
The album features a 32-page full color booklet with a synopsis and liner notes from Cinco Paul, as well as a note from Stephen Schwartz – composer and lyricist of Pippin, Wicked, and Godspell – who calls it “one of the cleverest, funniest, and most endearing musicals I’ve seen in a long time.” The recording is produced by Cinco Paul, Kurt Deutsch and Justin Goldner. For more information about Bubble Boy, please visit http://sh-k-boom.com/bubble-boy
The recording features Tony Award winner Alice Ripley, A.J. Holmes, Drama Desk Award winner Richard Kind, Caroline Bowman and Matt Doyle. The cast also includes Gerard Canonico, Kirsten Scott, Martin Sola, Nehal Joshi, Alex Chester and Anita Welch. Musical Director Matt Hinkley leads a seven member band. A special concert production of Bubble Boy was presented at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Bubble Boy – hailed as a “lively, contemporary pop fun-filled musical fantasy” by Talkin’ Broadway and called “heartwarming fun for all ages” by BroadwayWorld.com – tells the story of Jimmy Livingston, a boy born without immunities who has spent his entire life confined inside a plastic bubble room. Enter Chloe, the girl next door, who becomes his friend and steals his heart. When she leaves town to get married, Jimmy travels cross-country in a homemade bubble suit in order to stop the wedding and finally tell her how he feels. Along the laugh-filled journey he deals with a crazy cult, a biker gang, a dead cow, and a controlling mother who will stop at nothing to get him back in the bubble. Whether you adored the film or are experiencing the story of Bubble Boy for the first time, this touching and hilarious coming-of-age story is sure to delight.
The original film, also written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, starred a young Jake Gyllenhaal.
Bubble Boy was originally developed at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum and at the Disney ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, a developmental workshop headed by Stephen Schwartz, created for the purpose of nurturing new American musicals. Performance rights for Bubble Boy are available through Dramatists Play Service. Learn more at www.Dramatists.com.
“BUBBLE BOY” TRACK LIST
1. Bubble Boy
2. It Will Be Chloe
3. Say Clean
4. Falling for the Boy
5. Decontaminate Me
6. Prom Night
7. It Will Be Mark
8. Prom Night (Reprise)
9. Falling for the Boy (Reprise)
10. Please Stay
11. Out of Here
12. Bright and Shiny
13. Bring Back My Boy
15. Something Called Forever
16. Gotta Get That Boy
17. It’s an Elk
18. There’s a Bubble Around My Heart
19. I Stole a Bus
20. You Can See the Moon Today
21. One More Mile
22. I’d Rather Spend One Minute Holding You
Cinco is writing a new show with Bekah Brunstetter.
MP + JF: Encores! Off-Center production of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin @ City Center, July 26 and 27, 2017
PF: Theatreworks USA production of Pete the Cat @ The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, through August 18, 2017
Mandy Patinkin Withdraws From ‘The Great Comet’ by MICHAEL PAULSON
After a social media storm over the musical’s plan to replace Okieriete Onaodowan, who is African-American, Mr. Patinkin dropped out.
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Tony Award Productions and Broadway Records join forces to release the first ever Tony Award® Season compilation album, available June 9, 2017. Each musical from the 2016-2017 season, including the 2017 Tony nominated musicals, have been invited to contribute a song to this new compilation album. A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League’s arts educations initiatives.
The cover art features a specially commissioned Tony season illustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson. The first 1,000 people to order the album here or at www.TonyAwardsStore.com will receive a free limited-edition “Lights of Broadway” Tony Nominees 2017 showcard with their purchase. The packaging will include an essay by noted musical theatre historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper as well as details about each show.
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1. Bubble Boy
13. Bring Back My Boy
15. Something Called Forever
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