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    The CD of this album is available to purchase at ArkivMusic.

    Applauded by both music and theater critics following its off-Broadway premiere in 1996, Floyd Collins, a richly inventive “folk musical” by New York composer Adam Guettel, was hailed as the dawn of an important new voice in American theater. The music, a synthesis of bluegrass, country, and Broadway, ranging from tuneful ballads to up-tempo ensemble numbers, is performed by an eight-piece band that includes piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, banjo, harmonica, and percussion, and a 13-member cast. The Wall Street Journal calls it a "masterpiece."

    Floyd Collins is based on a 1925 incident involving a Kentucky spelunker in search of his fortune who was trapped for several days in a cave. Collins’s tragic ordeal spawned a national media frenzy, and the ensuing circus-like atmosphere created by the media, rescuers and curious onlookers captivated the entire nation.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Cast:
    Jesse Lenat: Jewell Estes
    Thresa McCarthy: Nellie Collins
    Jason Danieley: Homer Collins
    Cass Morgan: Miss Jane
    Don Chastain: Lee Collins
    Rudy Roberson: Ed Bishop
    Stephen Lee Anderson: Bee Doyle
    Martan Moran: Skeets Miller
    Michael Mulheren: H.T. Carmichael
    Brian d’Arcy James: Cliff Roney
    Matthew Bennett: Dr. Hazlett
    James Bohanek: Reporter/Con Man

    Band:
    Ted Sperling, music director/conductor
    Steve Marzullo, piano, keyboards
    Michael Nicholas, violin
    David Creswell, viola, violin
    Carlo Pellettieri, cello
    Peter Donovan, bass
    Kevin Kuhn, guitar, banjo
    Corrin Huddleston, harmonica
    Tom Parkinton, percussion
    Scott Kuney, guitar, mandolin
    Mark Sherman, percussion

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Tommy Krasker
    Recorded March 1996 at The Hit Factory, New York, NY
    Engineer: Tom Lazarus
    Assistant Engineer: Glen Marchese

    Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
    Additional lyrics by Tina Landau
    Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin
    Vocal arrangement for “Is that Remarkable?” by Ted Sperling

    Design by Barbara deWilde
    Cover Photograph by Mary Javorak

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Friday, March 14, 1997 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79434

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
53
166
Saturday, March 1, 1997 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Adam Guettel
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597943429BUN
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597943467
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

The CD of this album is available to purchase at ArkivMusic.

Applauded by both music and theater critics following its off-Broadway premiere in 1996, Floyd Collins, a richly inventive “folk musical” by New York composer Adam Guettel, was hailed as the dawn of an important new voice in American theater. The music, a synthesis of bluegrass, country, and Broadway, ranging from tuneful ballads to up-tempo ensemble numbers, is performed by an eight-piece band that includes piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, banjo, harmonica, and percussion, and a 13-member cast. The Wall Street Journal calls it a "masterpiece."

Floyd Collins is based on a 1925 incident involving a Kentucky spelunker in search of his fortune who was trapped for several days in a cave. Collins’s tragic ordeal spawned a national media frenzy, and the ensuing circus-like atmosphere created by the media, rescuers and curious onlookers captivated the entire nation.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Applauded by both music and theater critics following its off-Broadway premiere in 1996, Adam Guettel's Floyd Collins was hailed as the dawn of an important new voice in American theater. The music, a synthesis of bluegrass, country, and Broadway, ranges from tuneful ballads to up-tempo ensemble numbers. The Wall Street Journal calls it a "masterpiece."

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Cast:
Jesse Lenat: Jewell Estes
Thresa McCarthy: Nellie Collins
Jason Danieley: Homer Collins
Cass Morgan: Miss Jane
Don Chastain: Lee Collins
Rudy Roberson: Ed Bishop
Stephen Lee Anderson: Bee Doyle
Martan Moran: Skeets Miller
Michael Mulheren: H.T. Carmichael
Brian d’Arcy James: Cliff Roney
Matthew Bennett: Dr. Hazlett
James Bohanek: Reporter/Con Man

Band:
Ted Sperling, music director/conductor
Steve Marzullo, piano, keyboards
Michael Nicholas, violin
David Creswell, viola, violin
Carlo Pellettieri, cello
Peter Donovan, bass
Kevin Kuhn, guitar, banjo
Corrin Huddleston, harmonica
Tom Parkinton, percussion
Scott Kuney, guitar, mandolin
Mark Sherman, percussion

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Tommy Krasker
Recorded March 1996 at The Hit Factory, New York, NY
Engineer: Tom Lazarus
Assistant Engineer: Glen Marchese

Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
Additional lyrics by Tina Landau
Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin
Vocal arrangement for “Is that Remarkable?” by Ted Sperling

Design by Barbara deWilde
Cover Photograph by Mary Javorak

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz