Now available on iTunes: Broadway stars Kate Baldwin, Jonathan Groff and Billy Porter are among performers giving voice to the pop and theatre songs of the new songwriting team of Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott on the EP recording “A View of the River,” released on multiple platforms Sept. 15. The album will be followed up with a Sept. 21 54 Below concert to feature some of the recording’s singers and additional stars, including Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford, Julia Murney and more.
The EP is billed as “a collection of pop-infused theatre standalone songs” that introduces “a bold new musical theatre writing team.” Music is by Van Dyke. Lyrics are by Talbott and Van Dyke.
The recording boasts Tony Award winner Porter (Kinky Boots), Tony Award nominees Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow, Big Fish) and Groff (Hamilton, Spring Awakening), and Broadway and Off-Broadway stars Abby Mueller (Kinky Boots, the upcoming Beautiful tour), Matt Doyle (The Book of Mormon), Tamika Sonja Lawrence (Rent) and Preston Sadleir (Big Love).
“A View of the River” is produced by Van Dyke, Talbott, Brian Usifer and Derik Lee, and co-produced by Candy Gold. Orchestrations are by Usifer, and it was recorded and mixed by Lee. It’s available on iTunes and wherever digital music is sold (iTunes, Amazon.com and elsewhere).