Ghostlight Records will release the Original London Cast Recording of Rags on digital purchase and streaming platforms May 15, with a physical release planned for later this year. Pre-orders, now available, include an immediate download of the track "Children of the Wind." The cast album will be available on Amazon, iTunes, and Apple Music.
The previously announced recording preserves the production that played London's Park Theatre earlier this year, which originated in 2019 at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre. It will also reflect a substantial revision to the work since its 1986 Broadway premiere.
With a score by Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz and a book by Joseph Stein and David Thompson, Rags centers on America's immigrant past, following a group of Jewish immigrants as they arrive in America. The original Broadway outing was short-lived, with just 18 previews and four performances, but the show has since become a cult favorite among theatre fans.
"I could not be more pleased that this beautifully sung production of Rags is being recorded by this group of terrific actors and musicians," says Schwartz. "I and my fellow authors consider ourselves lucky indeed.”
The recording will feature performances by Carolyn Maitland as Rebecca, Dave Willetts as Avram, Sam Attwater as Bronfman, Debbie Chazen as Anna, Alex Gibson-Giorgio as Sal, Rachel Izen as Rachel, Samuel Jones and Jude Muir as David, Martha Kirby as Bella, Oisin Nolan-Power as Ben, and Jeremy Rose as Jack. The ensemble includes Arthur Boan, Angela Caesar, Adam Crossley, Drew Dillon, Matthew Gent, and Natasha Karp.
The album has been produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joe and Nikki Davison at Auburn Jam Music, with Schwartz serving as executive producer, Nick Barstow as music producer and orchestrator, and Joe Bunker as musical director.
Rags in London was directed by Bronagh Lagan, with choreography by Philip Michael Thomas, orchestrations by Barstow, set and costume design by Gregory Donnelly, lighting design by Derek Anderson, sound design by James Nicholson, casting by Jane Deitch, and children's casting by Keston and Keston. Katy Lipson produced for Aria Entertainment, in association with Knockhardy Productions, Edward Prophet, People Entertainment Group, Park Theatre, and Hope Mill Theatre. The production was presented by arrangement with MTI Europe.
The complete track listing follows:
2. If We Never Meet Again
4. Brand New World
5. Edge of A Knife
6. The Fabric of America
7. Penny a Tune
8. Bella’s Song (Part One)
9. Meet an Italian
10. Friday Night Prayers
11. No More Nightmares
12. Little Lady
13. Cheer Up, Chaimlet
14. Blame It on the Summer Night
15. For My Mary
16. Take Our City Back
18. On the Fourth Day of July
19. Yankee Boy
22. Three Sunny Rooms
24. Bella’s Song (Part Two)
25. If We Never Meet Again (Reprise)
26. Bread and Freedom
27. Children of the Wind