Illinoise: A New Musical (Original Cast Recording)

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The Tony-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury, and direction and choreography by Peck, with new arrangements by Timo Andres and music supervision and direction by Nathan Koci. The album’s band includes Elijah Lyons, My Brightest Diamond, Tasha, Christina Courtin, Sean Peter Forte, Domenica Fossati, Daniel Freedman, Kathy Halvorson, Nathan Koci, Eleonore Oppenheim, Brett Parnell, Brandon Ridenour, Kyra Sims, and Jessica Tsang. The New York Times exclaims: “The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears.” Variety says: “A thrilling, genre-defying Broadway musical brings the Sufjan Stevens album to lyrical life.

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The original cast recording of the current Tony-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical is now available to stream and download via Nonesuch Records, with the CD due June 21 and vinyl August 30. The new work features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Justin Peck (Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, Carousel) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury (Fairview, Marys Seacole), and direction and choreography by Peck.

The New York Times exclaims: “The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears.” Variety says: “A thrilling, genre-defying Broadway musical brings the Sufjan Stevens album to lyrical life.” The Washington Post adds: "The landmark Sufjan Stevens album springs to epic life onstage. A testament to the delicateness and danger of Stevens’s work.”

Illinoise moved to Broadway in April of this year, direct from two critically acclaimed sold-out productions at the Park Avenue Armory and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Stevens’ beloved classic “springs to epic life on stage,” according to the Washington Post, with live music and vocals, choreography, and narratives centering on self-exploration and community set to the entirety of Stevens’ album. Its songs—with new arrangements by composer, pianist, and frequent Stevens collaborator Timo Andres, a Nonesuch artist, and Music Supervision and Direction by Nathan Koci—range in style from DIY folk and indie rock to marching band and ambient electronics, performed by a live band and vocalists Elijah Lyons, My Brightest Diamond, and Tasha.

The album’s band includes the vocalists and Christina Courtin, Sean Peter Forte, Domenica Fossati, Daniel Freedman, Kathy Halvorson, Nathan Koci, Eleonore Oppenheim, Brett Parnell, Brandon Ridenour, Kyra Sims, and Jessica Tsang.

With inclusion on several reviewer’s “best of the decade” lists including those of Paste, NPR, and Rolling Stone, Sufjan Stevens’ acclaimed 2005 concept album Illinois enjoys cult status for its lush orchestrations and wildly inventive portrayal of the state’s people, landscapes, and history, complete with UFOs, zombies, and predatory wasps. This musically ambitious work, which weaves together cinematic orchestral anthems, jazz riffs, and other musical influences, leads audiences on a mighty journey through the American heartland, from campfire storytelling to the edges of the cosmos.

In addition to Stevens, Peck, Drury, and Andres, the creative team includes Music Director and Supervisor Nathan Koci, Scenic Designer Adam Rigg, Lighting Designer Brandon Stirling Baker, Costume Designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, Sound Designer Garth MacAleavey, Mask Designer Julian Crouch, Associate Director and Choreographer Adriana Pierce, Associate Music Director Sean Peter Forte, Production Stage Manager Christopher R. Munnell., Company Manager Tyler Siems, Production Management by Aurora Productions and Brian Freeland, General Manager and Executive Producer TT Partners.

The Broadway cast of Illinoise includes Yesenia Ayala (film West Side Story, on Broadway in West Side Story), Kara Chan (Twyla Tharp Dance, Pam Tanowitz Dance), Ben Cook (film West Side Story, on Broadway in West Side Story), Gaby Diaz (winner of So You Think You Can Dance, films Maestro, West Side Story, and Tick, Tick… BOOM!), Jeanette Delgado (Miami City Ballet, West Side Story film), Carlos Falú (West Side Story film), Christine Flores (Dance Heginbotham, Pam Tanowitz Dance), Jada German (Twyla Tharp Dance, Metropolitan Opera), Zachary Gonder (Carmen at Lyric Opera, Pam Tanowitz Dance), Rachel Lockhart (Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors program, Jacob’s Pillow), Brandt Martinez (Aladdin), Dario Natarelli (New York City Center Encores!, Maestro film), Tyrone Reese (Juilliard School), Craig Salstein (American Ballet Theatre, associate choreographer for West Side Story and Maestro films, Carousel on Broadway), Ahmad Simmons (Fosse/Verdon on FX, Hadestown), Byron Tittle (Dorrance Dance, In the Heights film), Ricky Ubeda (winner of So You Think You Can Dance Season 11, FX’s Fosse/Verdon), Alejandro Vargas (Juilliard School) and Manny Houston, Tanner Porter, and Becca Stevens.

The album is produced by Dean Sharenow, Timo Andres, Nathan Koci, Garth MacAleavey, and executive produced by Orin Wolf and Nate Koch. It was edited, mixed, and mastered by Dean Sharenow at Steel Cut Audio and Garth MacAleavey served as recording engineer.

Illinoise is produced by Orin Wolf, Seaview, John Styles, and David Binder and executive produced by Nate Koch and TT Partners. It is co-produced by Emily Blavatnik, Susan Rose, ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann, David F. Schwartz, Patrick Catullo, Jon B. Platt, Diamond & Melvin, Nelson & Tao, Ruth Hendel, Elysabeth Kleinhans, Ted & Mary Jo Shen, Putnam & Thau, Chase & F.K.R., GJJJM Productions, Steve & Leticia Trauber, Tim Forbes, John Gore Organization, James L. Nederlander, Park Avenue Armory, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Fisher Center at Bard.

Illinoise was originally developed, produced and premiered at the Fisher Center at Bard. Illinoise is a co-commission of the Fisher Center at Bard, Park Avenue Armory, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Southbank Centre, TO Live, and the Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC).

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PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Dean Sharenow, Timo Andres, Nathan Koci, and Garth MacAleavey
Edited, Mixed, and Mastered by Dean Sharenow at Steel Cut Audio, New York, NY
Recording Engineer: Garth MacAleavey
Assistant Recording Engineers: Kortney Bernard, Andrew Lulling
Vinyl Mastering by Greg Calbi/Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound
Recorded March 25 & 26, 2024, at The Park Avenue Armory Wade Thompson Drill Hall, New York, NY
Executive Producers: Orin Wolf and Nate Koch

Album artwork and Illinoise logo by AKA
Photos by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade

“Jacksonville” tap dance choreography by Justin Peck with tap dance improvisations by Byron Tittle

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Original Cast of 'Illinoise'
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MUSICIANS
Shara Nova, vocals (1, 3, 5, 6, 12, 14, 15, 17)
Tasha Viets-VanLear, vocals (3, 4, 7, 12, 14, 17)
Elijah Lyons, vocals (3, 8, 9, 11-14, 16, 17)
Nathan Koci, music direction, keyboard, banjo
Sean Peter Forte, piano, accordion
Christina Courtin, violin, viola, percussion
Domenica Fossati, flute, percussion
Daniel Freedman, drums
Kathy Halvorson, oboe, percussion
Elijah Lyons, keyboard
Shara Nova, electric guitar
Eleonore Oppenheim, acoustic bass, electric bass
Brett Parnell, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, percussion
Brandeon Ridenour, trumpet
Kyra Sims, French horn
Jessica Tsang, vibraphone, bass drum, percussion
Tasha Viets-VanLear, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion

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News & Reviews

  • Congratulations to 2024 Drama Desk Awards winners Brian d'Arcy James and Kelli O'Hara, both of whom won for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical for Days of Wine and Roses, and Justin Peck, who won for Outstanding Choreography for Illinoise. They are all up for Tony Awards this coming Sunday. Additionally, Illinoise is nominated for Best Musical, Best Orchestrations, and Best Lighting Design; Days of Wine and Roses is also up for Best Original Score; and Here Lies Love is up for Best Original Score, Best Sound Design, Best Scenic Design, and Best Choreography.

  • The cast of the current four-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical was on CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform "Jacksonville" from the show and the just-released original cast recording. The choreography and tap dance choreography are by the show's director, choreographer, and co-author Justin Peck, with tap dance improvisations by Byron Tittle; music and lyrics are by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois. You can watch the performance here.

  • About This Album

    The original cast recording of the current Tony-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical is now available to stream and download via Nonesuch Records, with the CD due June 21 and vinyl August 30. The new work features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Justin Peck (Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, Carousel) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury (Fairview, Marys Seacole), and direction and choreography by Peck.

    The New York Times exclaims: “The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears.” Variety says: “A thrilling, genre-defying Broadway musical brings the Sufjan Stevens album to lyrical life.” The Washington Post adds: "The landmark Sufjan Stevens album springs to epic life onstage. A testament to the delicateness and danger of Stevens’s work.”

    Illinoise moved to Broadway in April of this year, direct from two critically acclaimed sold-out productions at the Park Avenue Armory and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Stevens’ beloved classic “springs to epic life on stage,” according to the Washington Post, with live music and vocals, choreography, and narratives centering on self-exploration and community set to the entirety of Stevens’ album. Its songs—with new arrangements by composer, pianist, and frequent Stevens collaborator Timo Andres, a Nonesuch artist, and Music Supervision and Direction by Nathan Koci—range in style from DIY folk and indie rock to marching band and ambient electronics, performed by a live band and vocalists Elijah Lyons, My Brightest Diamond, and Tasha.

    The album’s band includes the vocalists and Christina Courtin, Sean Peter Forte, Domenica Fossati, Daniel Freedman, Kathy Halvorson, Nathan Koci, Eleonore Oppenheim, Brett Parnell, Brandon Ridenour, Kyra Sims, and Jessica Tsang.

    With inclusion on several reviewer’s “best of the decade” lists including those of Paste, NPR, and Rolling Stone, Sufjan Stevens’ acclaimed 2005 concept album Illinois enjoys cult status for its lush orchestrations and wildly inventive portrayal of the state’s people, landscapes, and history, complete with UFOs, zombies, and predatory wasps. This musically ambitious work, which weaves together cinematic orchestral anthems, jazz riffs, and other musical influences, leads audiences on a mighty journey through the American heartland, from campfire storytelling to the edges of the cosmos.

    In addition to Stevens, Peck, Drury, and Andres, the creative team includes Music Director and Supervisor Nathan Koci, Scenic Designer Adam Rigg, Lighting Designer Brandon Stirling Baker, Costume Designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, Sound Designer Garth MacAleavey, Mask Designer Julian Crouch, Associate Director and Choreographer Adriana Pierce, Associate Music Director Sean Peter Forte, Production Stage Manager Christopher R. Munnell., Company Manager Tyler Siems, Production Management by Aurora Productions and Brian Freeland, General Manager and Executive Producer TT Partners.

    The Broadway cast of Illinoise includes Yesenia Ayala (film West Side Story, on Broadway in West Side Story), Kara Chan (Twyla Tharp Dance, Pam Tanowitz Dance), Ben Cook (film West Side Story, on Broadway in West Side Story), Gaby Diaz (winner of So You Think You Can Dance, films Maestro, West Side Story, and Tick, Tick… BOOM!), Jeanette Delgado (Miami City Ballet, West Side Story film), Carlos Falú (West Side Story film), Christine Flores (Dance Heginbotham, Pam Tanowitz Dance), Jada German (Twyla Tharp Dance, Metropolitan Opera), Zachary Gonder (Carmen at Lyric Opera, Pam Tanowitz Dance), Rachel Lockhart (Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors program, Jacob’s Pillow), Brandt Martinez (Aladdin), Dario Natarelli (New York City Center Encores!, Maestro film), Tyrone Reese (Juilliard School), Craig Salstein (American Ballet Theatre, associate choreographer for West Side Story and Maestro films, Carousel on Broadway), Ahmad Simmons (Fosse/Verdon on FX, Hadestown), Byron Tittle (Dorrance Dance, In the Heights film), Ricky Ubeda (winner of So You Think You Can Dance Season 11, FX’s Fosse/Verdon), Alejandro Vargas (Juilliard School) and Manny Houston, Tanner Porter, and Becca Stevens.

    The album is produced by Dean Sharenow, Timo Andres, Nathan Koci, Garth MacAleavey, and executive produced by Orin Wolf and Nate Koch. It was edited, mixed, and mastered by Dean Sharenow at Steel Cut Audio and Garth MacAleavey served as recording engineer.

    Illinoise is produced by Orin Wolf, Seaview, John Styles, and David Binder and executive produced by Nate Koch and TT Partners. It is co-produced by Emily Blavatnik, Susan Rose, ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann, David F. Schwartz, Patrick Catullo, Jon B. Platt, Diamond & Melvin, Nelson & Tao, Ruth Hendel, Elysabeth Kleinhans, Ted & Mary Jo Shen, Putnam & Thau, Chase & F.K.R., GJJJM Productions, Steve & Leticia Trauber, Tim Forbes, John Gore Organization, James L. Nederlander, Park Avenue Armory, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Fisher Center at Bard.

    Illinoise was originally developed, produced and premiered at the Fisher Center at Bard. Illinoise is a co-commission of the Fisher Center at Bard, Park Avenue Armory, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Southbank Centre, TO Live, and the Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC).

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Shara Nova, vocals (1, 3, 5, 6, 12, 14, 15, 17)
    Tasha Viets-VanLear, vocals (3, 4, 7, 12, 14, 17)
    Elijah Lyons, vocals (3, 8, 9, 11-14, 16, 17)
    Nathan Koci, music direction, keyboard, banjo
    Sean Peter Forte, piano, accordion
    Christina Courtin, violin, viola, percussion
    Domenica Fossati, flute, percussion
    Daniel Freedman, drums
    Kathy Halvorson, oboe, percussion
    Elijah Lyons, keyboard
    Shara Nova, electric guitar
    Eleonore Oppenheim, acoustic bass, electric bass
    Brett Parnell, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, percussion
    Brandeon Ridenour, trumpet
    Kyra Sims, French horn
    Jessica Tsang, vibraphone, bass drum, percussion
    Tasha Viets-VanLear, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Dean Sharenow, Timo Andres, Nathan Koci, and Garth MacAleavey
    Edited, Mixed, and Mastered by Dean Sharenow at Steel Cut Audio, New York, NY
    Recording Engineer: Garth MacAleavey
    Assistant Recording Engineers: Kortney Bernard, Andrew Lulling
    Vinyl Mastering by Greg Calbi/Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound
    Recorded March 25 & 26, 2024, at The Park Avenue Armory Wade Thompson Drill Hall, New York, NY
    Executive Producers: Orin Wolf and Nate Koch

    Album artwork and Illinoise logo by AKA
    Photos by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade

    “Jacksonville” tap dance choreography by Justin Peck with tap dance improvisations by Byron Tittle