Friday, August 3, 2012

Calvin Berger Cast Recording

I just got this press release in and wanted to share it.  If anyone wants to submit a review of the CD once they listen to it, please leave it in a comment here and I will pass on the information to the publisher.



New York, NY (8/2/12) – Ghostlight Records will release the Original Cast Recording of Barry Wyner’s new musical, CALVIN BERGER on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. The full cast featured on the recording, including Noah Weisberg (Legally Blonde, South Pacific), Krystal Joy Brown (Leap of Faith), David Hull (Wicked) and Dana Steingold (Spelling Bee), will reunite at Joe’s Pub the evening before the release – Monday, September 24, 2012 at 7pm – to celebrate the album release with a special concert event.  The original CALVIN BERGER cast will be joined by several additional special Broadway guests, to be announced.

CD pre-orders are now on sale at Watch video from the CALVIN BERGER recording session here:

CALVIN BERGER – winner of the Jerry Bock Award, Richard Rodgers Award, Kleban Prize, and Noel Coward Prize – is a hip, heartfelt, hysterical new musical by Barry Wyner, loosely based on Cyrano De Bergerac. Featuring Orchestrations by 3-time Tony Award-winnerDoug Besterman (Sister Act, How To Succeed, The Producers), CALVIN BERGER has been performed at Barrington Stage and Manhattan Theatre Club, and most recently at George Street Playhouse under the direction of 3-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work, Anything Goes, The Pajama Game). It is licensed by the legendary Tams-Witmark Music Library and has several songs published by Hal Leonard.

Here’s a sampling of what critics have said about CALVIN BERGER:

"This is a 'High School Musical' with characters who aren’t caricatures, genuine wit, better melodies, as well as much more heart, soul, charm, and – to be frank – ribaldry.” - THE STAR-LEDGER

“Composer-lyricist-book writer Barry Wyner has concocted a cheerful little winner in "Calvin Berger. The show offers tuneful entertainment with an appealing message about self-worth." - VARIETY

"This smart, fun, and funny musical is a delight from start to finish. [It] appeals to playgoers of all ages.” - BROADWAYWORLD.COM

"A musical that you’re going to see someday. It’s going to be done in your town, as well as in the major theatrical capitals of the world.” -THEATREMANIA.COM

"What Wyner is creating here is genuinely exhilarating.”- THE BOSTON GLOBE 

The full track listing for the CALVIN BERGER Cast Recording is as follows:

1. Opening Dream
2. Security Meltdown
3. I Can See Him Now
4. Don’tcha Think?
5. It Just Wasn’t Meant to Happen
6. We’re The Man!
7. Never Know
9. Saturday Alone
10. Act One Finale
11. Second Dream
12. Mr. Potato Head
13. Graduation Day
14. Saturday Alone (Reprise)
15. The Fight
16. How Can I Compete With That?
17. Perfect For You
18. We’re The Man! (Reprise)
19. Calm, Cool, and Collected
20. Finale

For more information on the album visit

Tickets for the September 24th release concert are $20 and available online at (,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,40/prod_no,19020), by phone at 212-967-7555 or at the box office at the Public Theater.The concert will be directed by Travis Greisler, music directed by Aron Accurso and produced by Katie Riegel. Joe’s Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC.

Barry Wyner has won the Richard Rodgers Award, Jerry Bock Award, Kleban Prize, and Noel Coward Prize. He wrote book, music, and lyrics to CALVIN BERGER, which had critically acclaimed runs at Gloucester Stage, Barrington Stage, and most recently, George Street Playhouse under the direction of 3-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. The show is available for licensing from Tams-Witmark Music Library, and the original cast recording will be released in September on Ghostlight Records. Wyner's songs have been published in Hal Leonard's Teen Pop Broadway Anthology and the BMI Workshop Songbook. One was recorded by Neil Patrick Harris. Wyner recently completed a commissioned children’s musical for George Street Playhouse called Austin The Unstoppable. His work has had professional readings at Manhattan Theatre Club, NAMCO (Barry and Fran Weissler, producers), Musicals Tonight, and Blue Spruce Productions (Scott Delman, producer). Wyner has composed original music for a Terrence McNally world premiere, BBC Radio, Actor's Studio, Wings Theater, AMDA, The Battery’s Down, and many more. He studied music at UNC-Chapel Hill, Queens College, and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.

Sh-K-Boom, with its imprint Ghostlight Records, has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings, having built a library of over 120 records during the last 12 years featuring the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s biggest stars. Founded by Kurt Deutsch and wife Sherie Rene Scott, the label was created by and for the Broadway community and has reinvented the musical theatre recording landscape through their high-quality recordings, innovative marketing techniques to reach the next generation of Broadway music fans, as well as the creation of a new type of ‘United Artists’ environment for Broadway producers and artists to participate in the funding and co-ownership of their albums. Ghostlight celebrated a major milestone this past year with their Grammy-winning release of The Book of Mormon, which became the first Broadway cast recording to break into the Billboard Top 10 since the original 1969 release of Hair, taking its place as the biggest-selling digital cast recording of all time. Recent releases on the label include Disney’s Newsies, the Grammy-nominated 2011 revival cast recording of Anything Goes, the new revival recording of Godspell, plus the OCRs of Elf, Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and solo albums from some of Broadway’s biggest stars: Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Alice Ripley, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. Over the years, Ghostlight has preserved the scores of some of Broadway's most well-known musicals, including the Grammy Award-winning In the Heights, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone.

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