April 28, 2008

Moving Right Along.....Sh-K Boom, Sh-K Boom.....





Sh-K Boom Records has been a supporter of preserving music from Broadway shows as well as Broadway artists. They have produced cast albums of The Last Five Years, The Drowsy Chaperone and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels plus Broadway artists such as Christine Ebersole, Adam Pascal and Alice Ripley to name a few.

The name comes from the lyrics from the above clip from The Muppet Movie. The owners of the label Kurt Deutsch and his wife, Sherie Renee Scott use to sing it during road trips.....the SH is for Sherie and K is for Kurt.

In recent years, the market for cast albums is getting smaller and the cost of production isn't offset by the sales. Major labels have avoided producing them and in turn, causing a lot of shows with good music not to be recorded (ex. Never Gonna Dance). Sh-k-boom Records has been a stalwart in producing and preserving these shows. Shows live on because of their cast recordings. One of my favorites is The Last Five Years and now, that show is being produced in colleges, community theatres and in other countries. In fact, The Last Five Years was produced in the Philippines a few years ago with Audie Gemora and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo.

Here's an interview of Kurt Deutsch about creating a cast album from Playbill.com



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