The producers behind the Broadway revival of "Pippin" made hundreds of theater fans happy by offering them a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a chance to sing on the cast album of the Broadway revival of "Pippin". NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.
On Tuesday, more than 700 people gathered at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on the Upper West Side to sing on the cast album of the Broadway revival of "Pippin".
The event centered around the musical's Act 1 song "No Time At All", in which actress Andrea Martin requests audience members to sing along with her in the show.
Tuesday's recording was spearheaded by Kurt Deutsch, the founder of Ghostlight Records.
"I saw the show, and I was thinking, 'How...'," Deutsch says. "I mean, Andrea's performance to me is probably one of the greatest things I've ever seen on stage. It's so incredible, touching, moving and, and I was like 'How can you create this feeling that the audience is getting every night on stage?' And you can't really do it in the recording studio with just the chorus singing."
To mimic what's experienced in the theater, Deutsch and his team posted ads for volunteer chorus members online. The response was overwhelming.
"We had to cut it off after about two days because we had thousands of people," Deutsch says.
Musical theater enthusiast Katie Buenneke flew in from the West Coast just to sing on the album.
"I entered not knowing when it would be, and they were like, 'Oh, you won, and it's tomorrow,' and I was like 'Tomorrow? OK, I'm in Los Angeles,'" Buenneke says. "And then I found a cheap flight, and I've been saving up some money, and so I flew out last night, arrived this morning.
The day began with a music lesson by the show's composer, Stephen Schwartz. Then, Andrea Martin took to the stage to lend support for her chorus of fans.
"That's so beautiful," Martin says. "Stephen Schwartz, extraordinary composer, is in there with 800 people, teaching them a song that he wrote. How often does that happen? And the message is: 'It's time to start living. Time to take a little from the world we're given. Time to take time, for spring will turn to fall in just no time at all.' It's a message everybody needs to hear, wants to hear and really wants to embrace. Because all we really do have is the moment, it's the truth. And he wrote that. Here's really the headline that I should be talking more about all the time. That sentiment about, and a grandmother singing, is something that he wrote when he was 22 years old. Think of that kind of wisdom and talent."
The Broadway cast album of Pippin will be available on iTunes starting June 4.