In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, New York Theatre Barn's Theatre Barn Records released a concept EP of Jesse J. Sanchez’s Sueños: Our American Musical October 13.
With book, music and lyrics by Sanchez, Sueños explores three generations of a Mexican-American family, and their relationship to the American dream. The musical has been developed in part through each of New York Theatre Barn’s core programs, including the company’s summer residency on Fire Island, a collaboration with Fire Island Pines Arts Project.
“We’ve been incubating Sueños for over 4 years now,” said Theatre Barn Records president Héctor Flores, Jr. “Being Puerto Rican in this business, it’s been an honor and a privilege to bring more Latiné voices to the musical theatre canon because we have so few stories that are by and about us. Soon this concept EP will be accessible to a global audience and it’s my dream that this inspires more of us to write and support Latiné works.”
The record features performances by Linedy Genao (Bad Cinderella), Robi Hager (Spring Awakening, Little Duende), Arianna Rosario (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), Cortney Wolfson (Kinky Boots), Kristopher Stanley Ward (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), Nyseli Vega, and Kris Carrasco.
The record's orchestrations and additional music are by Jeff Chambers. Music supervision and additional orchestrations are by Sanchez, music producer and mixer is Lloyd Kikoler, music director is Bruce De La Cruz (Sweeney Todd), and musicians are Sarah Haines (Hamilton), Joel Mateo, Sean Murphy (Finding Neverland), Raul Navarrete, Raul Rios, and Matt SanGiovanni (1776).
The album is produced by Héctor Flores, Jr., Joe Barros, and Kate Trammell, with co-production by Kierstead Productions, Straighten Your Crown Productions, and Sanchez. Sueños: Our American Musical has been supported in part by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Frank Young Fund for New Musicals.