Following its run at Florida's Asolo Repertory Theatre, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's new musical Knoxville is set to release an original cast recording. The album will receive a digital and physical release this fall. The world premiere production began previews April 15 ahead of its April 23 opening night, and ran through May 11.
The work features a book by Frank Galati, music by Flaherty, and lyrics by Ahrens . The trio previously collaborated on the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime, which earned Galati Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Director; and Seussical.
The recording will star Broadway favorites Jason Danieley, Hannah Elless, and Paul Alexander Nolan as novelist James Agee, Mary Follet, and Jay Follett, respectively, along with Ellen Harvey, Nathan Salstone, Joel Waggoner, Jack Casey, Sarah Aili, Abigail Stephenson, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Dwelvan David, Scott Wakefield, William Parry, and Barbara Marineau.
Knoxville is based on James Agee’s Pulitzer Prize Award-winning autobiographical novel A Death in the Family. The story chronicles Agee's struggle to write about the gripping loss of his father and its effect on his and his mother's life.
Directed by Galati, the creative team featured Josh Rhodes as choreographer, Robert Perdziola as scenic and costume designer, Donald Holder as lighting designer, Tom Murray as music supervisor, and Bruce Coughlin as orchestrator.