|The Original Cast Recording of THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE is available now!
THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE is based on the national best-selling novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem, with a book by Itamar Moses, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, and conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin. Time Out New York
raved, “Michael Friedman’s score draws excitingly on period sounds” and according to The New York Times
, “the score flows in undulating rivers of soul, funk, punk and rap.”
Friedman is also writer of the musicals Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
and Love’s Labour’s Lost
, also produced at The Public Theater and available from Ghostlight Records. THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE has orchestrations by John Clancy, with additional orchestrations by Matt Beck. The 24-track, 70-minute recording was produced by Dean Sharenow and Kurt Deutsch.
THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, a co-production with Dallas Theater Center, is the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond — of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. And the story of what would happen if two teenagers obsessed with superheroes believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly.
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Book by Itamar Moses
Based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem
Conceived and Directed by Daniel Aukin
Album Produced by Dean Sharenow and Kurt Deutsch
The complete cast of THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE features Ken Barnett (Abraham Ebdus); Kyle Beltran (Mingus); Adam Chanler-Berat (Dylan); André De Shields (Senior); Carla Duren (Marilla); Stephane Duret (Swing); Rebecca Naomi Jones (Lala, Abby); Jahi Kearse (Raf, Henry, Desmond, Jared); Kevin Mambo (Junior); Malaiyka Reid (Swing); David Rossmer (Arthur); Conor Ryan (Radio Guy, Mike, Gabe); Kristen Sieh (Rachel Ebdus); Britton Smith (Subtle Distinction); Brian Tyree Henry (Robert) Akron Watson (Subtle Distinction); Alison Whitehurst (Skater Girl, Liza); and Juson Williams (Subtle Distinction).
“Exuberant, engrossing, and original!” – Linda Winer, Newsday
“A blood-pumping, heart-thumping show with a soaring score!” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety