‘Heart of Steel’ un­veils CD

Ten-track al­bum in­cludes all the tunes from the mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT -

The orig­i­nal cast record­ing of “Heart of Steel” will be avail­able to the gen­eral public this week.

This orig­i­nal mega-mu­si­cal about the men and women who worked at the Syd­ney Steel Plant dur­ing the Sec­ond World War pre­miered at the High­land Arts Theatre in March to sold-out au­di­ences.

The cast re­united on July 2 to bring hun­dreds of au­di­ence mem­bers to laugh­ter and tears for an ex­tended pro­duc­tion, run­ning ev­ery Thurs­day evening in July. But mean­while, be­hind the scenes, the cast has been busy.

Pro­duced by Kevin Col­ford, this 10-track al­bum in­cludes all the tunes from the mu­si­cal pro- duc­tion.

Mu­si­cal in­flu­ences in­clude jazz, Cape Bre­ton folk and wartime era boo­gie woo­gie. It’s a uniquely Cape Bre­ton sound telling the story of a piv­otal time of global history.

Lo­cal lis­ten­ers will smile at ref­er­ences to Henry Street and the No. 5 Gate while tourists will love the Celtic charm of this “Rogers and Hamer­stein-es­que” pro­duc­tion.

In­cluded in the cast are lo­cal mu­si­cal tal­ents Mar­garet MacPher­son, Lisa Penny, Ge­orge MacKen­zie, Ross Hunter, Doug John­son, Ron Lead­beater, and mu­sic di­rec­tor, Barb Stet­ter.

“It’s amaz­ing to have some­thing of this scale recorded and on a CD so quickly,” said artis­tic di­rec­tor and com­poser Wes­ley Col­ford.

“On Broad­way, it would take years to get to this point, but be­cause of the ded­i­ca­tion and tal­ent of our team, we’ve man­aged to get some­thing the public can take home less than seven months af­ter these songs were writ­ten. It’s a way to re­live the magic of a live pro­duc­tion in your own home, on your own iPod. It’s also a way for these songs and sto­ries to live on.”

The theatre will hold an of­fi­cial CD re­lease party fol­low­ing this Thurs­day’s fi­nal per­for­mance of “Heart of Steel” at the High­land Arts Theatre.

Af­ter the per­for­mance, the au­di­ence mem­bers are in­vited to greet the cast and have them au- to­graph a first-edi­tion CD.

A lim­ited num­ber of CDs will be avail­able at the theatre for pur­chase with more on the way. The al­bum will also be avail­able for pur­chase online via the iTunes mu­sic store.

Au­di­ence mem­bers who al­ready saw “Heart of Steel” can stop by the box of­fice at 40 Bentinck St. and pick up a copy af­ter July 30. CDs will be sold for $15.

Tick­ets for “Heart of Steel” are $40 per per­son with dis­counts for se­niors and stu­dents. All pro­duc­tions start at 8 p.m. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the theatre box of­fice (9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon­day-Fri­day), by tele­phone, 902565-3637 or on the web­site, www.high­landart­sthe­atre.com.

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