Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics is set to release the cast album of The Light Princess on October 9. Called “magical” by the UK’s Independent, the musical by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson debuted at the National Theatre in London in the fall of 2013.
The anticipated cast recording shines a light on Tori Amos’ distinctive and powerful songwriting, performed by The Light Princess’ stellar cast and recorded entirely as a studio album. The new record will also feature exclusive bonus tracks sung by Tori, a win-win for Amos and musical theatre fans alike.
With music and lyrics by Tori Amos and book and lyrics by Samuel Adamson and suggested by a story by George MacDonald, Amos weaves her delicately crafted music throughout the narrative, with Adamson poignantly telling the story of a young woman facing her fears. The Light Princess is the next chapter in Amos’ trailblazing career, best described as a “huge triumph” by The Huffington Post.
The Light Princess is Althea, a princess who loses her mother at the age of six. In an opposing kingdom, a young prince, Digby, also sees his mother die. Digby becomes so solemn that he never smiles. In contrast, Althea becomes so light with grief that she floats into the air, where she never cries. She is shunned by her kingdom and locked away in her father’s castle.
One day, Digby declares war and Althea is forced out of confinement. She defies her father and escapes, only to encounter the solemn prince. Beside a lake, the warring heirs begin a passionate and illicit affair. But for Althea to find real love, she must first confront the world’s darkness and face her deepest fears.
The role of Althea, the light princess, is sung by Rosalie Craig. The New York Times raved, “In its leading lady, Rosalie Craig, a star is born.” Craig received an Evening Standard Award and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her moving performance. She can be heard on the cast album alongside the rest of the original cast including Nick Hendrix, Amy Booth-Steel, Kane Oliver Parry, Hal Fowler and Clive Rowe, among others. The album is produced by Amos and features Martin Lowe conducting with orchestrations by long time Amos contributor John Philip Shenale, as well as vocal arrangements and additional orchestrations by Amos and Lowe.
Amos and Adamson take this fairytale about grief, rebellion and love and create a one-of-a-kind musical that has been embraced by audiences and critics alike.
Tori Amos is a multi Grammy-nominated singer/composer/pianist who has sold over 12 million albums. Her expansive catalogue of 14 landmark records includes her 1992 iconic debut Little Earthquakes as well favorites Under The Pink, Boys For Pele, Scarlett’s Walk and more. Her last and most recent album Unrepentant Geraldines (released in 2014 on Mercury Classics/UMC) debuted at #7 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it her 8th studio album to chart in the top 10 in its first week of release. Unrepentant Geraldines was a commercial and critical success, and heralded as some of Tori’s best work over the last 20 years according to NPR.
A pioneer across multiple platforms, she was the first major label artist to offer a single for download. She has produced groundbreaking videos throughout her career, taking risks both musically and visually. Renowned for her passionate and broad fan-base, her tours are consistently critically and commercially successful, with an ever-evolving live show. Ms. Amos is also a noted humanitarian and co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization.
Samuel Adamson’s work at the National Theatre includes Southwark Fair, a new version of Ibsen’s Pillars of the Community, and Mrs Affleck (from Ibsen’s Little Eyolf), as well as Frank & Ferdinand for National Theatre Connections.
Other plays and adaptations include: Running Wild (from Michael Morpurgo’s novel, Chichester Festival Theatre), Gabriel (Shakespeare’s Globe), All About My Mother (from Pedro Almodovar’s film, Old Vic), Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Fish and Company (Soho Theatre/National Youth Theatre), Clocks and Whistles (Bush Theatre and New York), Drink, Dance, Laugh and Lie (Bush/Channel 4), Grace Note (Peter Hall Company/Old Vic), Some Kind of Bliss (Trafalgar Studios and Brits Off Broadway, New York), Tomorrow Week (BBC Radio 3); as well as original contributions to Hoard Festival (New Vic, Stoke), 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic), A Chain Play (Almeida), Urban Scrawl (Theatre 503/TheatreVoice) and Decade (Headlong). Versions include: Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Cherry Orchard (Oxford Stage Company/Riverside Studios), Three Sisters (OSC tour and West End), Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (Southwark Playhouse), Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi (Dumbfounded/Arcola Theatre; also BBC Radio 3), Bernhard Studlar’s Transdanubia Dreaming (National Theatre Studio) and Ostrovsky’s Larisa and the Merchants (InSite Performance/Arcola). He is Artistic Associate on the Tony award-winning stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse (New York, Toronto and US, Australian and UK tours).
Film includes Running for River (Directional Studios/Krug). His plays are published by Faber and Faber.
SOURCE Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics