Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Jose Llana, Jill Paice,Telly Leung and more featured on TOKIO CONFIDENTIAL Recording; Set for Release May 12

2D600459B-F936-007F-1442F4C6D8D243FC.jpg.pagespeed.ce.9ZSlE3MA0rTyFNt1MzarThe recording of TOKIO CONFIDENTIAL, a new musical with words and music by Eric Schorr that had its Off-Broadway world premiere in 2012, will be released by Broadway Records and is now available for pre-order on the Broadway Records website and select retailers. The album will be released on CD and digitally on May 12, 2015.

Tokio Confidential is the story of Isabella, an adventurous young American Civil War widow who in 1879 sails for Japan, where she meets Horiyoshi, the most renowned Japanese tattoo artist of his time. When Isabella decides to have Horiyoshi engrave her entire body and turn her into a living work of art, their intimate and (for her) intensely painful tattoo sessions lead to a passionate love affair. Ultimately, Isabella’s transformation into a stunningly beautiful canvas places her in mortal danger, something the two lovers could never have predicted when they embarked on their artistic journey together.

The New York Post said of the production, “This lovely chamber musical about a Civil War widow whose life’s transformed by a tattoo artist reveals Eric Schorr, its composer/librettist, as a talent to watch. The romance between the central characters is touchingly etched. Running through it all are Schorr’s elegant score and graceful lyrics.” NYTheatre.com praised TOKIO CONFIDENTIAL’s “beautiful melodies and intelligent lyrics” and The New York Times called the score “plush and inviting.”

“We are very excited to add this album to our catalog. The fresh, surprising-and original- story unfolds before your ears with a sophisticated emotional punch,” said Van Dean of Broadway Records. “Listeners will have the opportunity to hear this lush, romantic score performed by an exquisite collection of singers.”

Jill Paice (An American in Paris, Matilda) recreates her luminous Off-Broadway performance as Isabella and Jose Llana (Here Lies Love, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) plays Horiyoshi. Jeff Kready (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderBilly Elliot the Musical), Telly Leung (Godspell,Pacific Overtures; TV: “Glee”), Bruce Warren and Manna Nichols round out the cast for the recording of Eric Schorr’s critically acclaimed original musical.

Track Listing:

1. Prologue

2. Restless Spirits

3. Journey With Me

4. If We Had Never Met

5. The Power of Suggestion

6. Are You Prepared For That?

7. Indelible: Dialogue Introduction

8. Indelible

9. Tale of the Yoshiwara

10. Shifting Ground: Dialogue Introduction

11. Shifting Ground

12. Magic Needles

13. Hototogisu

14. The Jurisdiction of Affection / Looking-Back Willow

15. At Sea: Dialogue Introduction

16. At Sea

17. Ukiyo

18. The Spider

19. Beautiful Brevity: Introduction

20. Beautiful Brevity

21. Finale

Eric Schorr (Book, Music and Lyrics) composed the score for the Broadway-bound Frog Kiss (Virginia Stage Company, New York Musical Theater Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, winner of The Global Search for New Musicals). He has been commissioned by Virginia Stage Company to write the libretto and score for Poem of the Sea, a new musical about climate change. Other credits include: music and lyrics for Young Tom Edison, commissioned by Theatreworks/USA (Town Hall and Promenade Theater in NYC, Kennedy Center, national tour), CD recorded by Original Cast Records; music and lyrics for Theatreworks/USA’s The Civil War: The South Carolina Black Regiment (Town Hall, national tour); music for Howard Crabtree’s Whoop Dee Doo! (Drama-Desk Award, Actor’s Playhouse, NYC, CD on RCA Victor). TV credits: music and lyrics for “Discovery Kids”; music for “Sesame Street”. Eric was also commissioned to write the official Fanfare and Processional Music for The Gay Games, originally performed at Yankee Stadium. Vocal arrangements: The Cider House Rules (Atlantic Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre); Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women & Others (Second Stage) and The Sisters Rosensweig (Broadway). Education: New England Conservatory, Yale and Harvard Universities. Grants and Fellowships: Opera-Musical Theater Grant, National Endowment for the Arts; Japan-United States Arts Program Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council; Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. Numerous awards from ASCAP. www.ericschorr.com

BROADWAY RECORDS is one of the preeminent record labels in its industry and has produced cast albums for many major Broadway shows (i.e. the Grammy nominated Matilda The Musical and the recently released Side Show Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) as well as the preservation of shorter run Broadway shows (i.e. Bonnie & Clyde and Big Fish) and NBC’s television event, Peter Pan Live!. Broadway Records believes in delivering the best cast recordings to its customers, while also striving to innovate with the critically acclaimed “Live at 54 BELOW” series featuring top Broadway stars including Patti LuPone, Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz, Sierra Boggess, Laura Benantiand many others. Recently, BroadwayWorld.com nominated 19 of Broadway Records’ albums for their inaugural 2014 Album Awards, all of which can be found by visiting www.broadwayrecords.com.

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cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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