UPDATE: Will Reynolds and Eric Price, the songwriting duo behind the impressive single “Radioactive,” have dropped a new album. Their musical The Violet Hour—based on the 2003 play by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg—is now available as a 28-track cast recording.
The musical takes place in 1919 and centers around John Pace Seavering, who discovers a machine that prints pages from books yet to be published. These pages give John a window into the future and he uses them to try and figure out what’s ahead. But of course, whenever someone tries to change the future, things always get a lot complicated.
The cast featured on the album includes Tony winner Santino Fontana (Tootsie), Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Little Shop of Horrors), Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz (Falsettos) and fan-favorite Solea Pfeiffer, who currently stars as Penny Lane in Almost Famous on Broadway after a successful run at California’s The Old Globe.
Tony winner Charlie Rosen serves as orchestrator with Grammy Award nominee Andy Einhorn as music supervisor. Listeners can also use the link above to download a deluxe version of the album that contains additional bonus tracks and access to the complete lyrics.
It was during the recording of The Violet Hour and with some of the same colleagues that Reynolds and Price were able to record “Radioactive,” the first single from their developing musical by the same title. “We were in session with our Violet Hour orchestra,” Reynolds said. “[Orchestrator] Charlie [Rosen] was able to create the chart for this song very quickly.
“We were able to work with the incredible Hannah Corneau to provide the vocal, who is a powerhouse as an artist. And then the video was its own project…I think people really love to see the journey and see artists on a path. Like, ‘This is the song. This is how we imagine it in the theater and this is what an audience can come to expect of our work.'” So anyone who enjoyed “Radioactive” should also check out The Violet Hour, as it presents more unique storytelling from this creative duo.
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