Head Over Heels – A New Musical Original Broadway Cast Recording Album
Head Over Heels features 18 of The Go-Go’s iconic hit songs including “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”
A hilarious, dazzling celebration of love, Head Over Heels follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction. You’ll meet a king about to lose his throne, a queen about to lose her inhibitions, and two princesses about to find love. It’s a modern musical fairy tale where once upon a time is right now. Head Over Heels is “a stirring reminder of why theater matters,” according to BuzzFeed’s Louis Peitzman.
The track “This Town,” produced by Scott Sigman, was recorded exclusively for the Broadway collection by members Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin. Featuring original cast renditions of “We Got the Beat,” “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels.” The album is produced by Scott M. Riesett and Tom Kitt with co-producers Louise Gund and Christine Russell, engineered by Isaiah Abolin and Lawrence Manchester, and was recorded at the DiMenna Center in New York City on August 26-28, 2018.
Scott M. Riesett (Cast Album Producer) has spent his career producing and engineering music for records, television and film, recently producing the music for NBC’s “Rise,” NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” and, before that, Fox’s “Grease: Live” and NBC’s “Smash.” Through his collaborations with film and Broadway composer and songwriter Marc Shaiman, he recently worked on the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, as well as co-produced Mariah Carey’s Golden Globe-nominated “The Star” and produced Bette Midler’s It’s The Girls. Broadway cast albums for Shaiman have included both the Broadway and West End releases of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as Catch Me If You Can. Scott’s other recent Broadway cast albums include SpongeBob SquarePants, featuring songs from David Bowie, John Legend, Aerosmith, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper and others, as well as the stage production of Disney’s Freaky Friday. Additional film and TV credits include producing the score for Rob Reiner’s recent LBJ, the title song for Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog, and music for the penultimate “musical episode” of USA Network’s “Royal Pains.” Scott has had the pleasure of working with musician, singer and actor Harry Connick, Jr. for almost a decade and has contributed engineering to many of his albums, including 2015’s That Would Be Me. Over his 20+ years in the music industry, Scott has worked with a wide and varied group of artists, including Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Boyz II Men, Carly Rae Jepsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessie J, DNCE, Nick Jonas, John Mayer, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Martin Short, Kristin Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Anjelica Huston, Uma Thurman, Christian Borle, Kelli O’Hara, Jane Krakowski and Nathan Lane.
Tom Kitt (Cast Album Producer, Music Supervisor/Orchestrator/Arranger, Head Over Heels) is a Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Emmy Award-winning composer whose credits include Next to Normal, If/Then, High Fidelity, Bring it On: The Musical, Disney’s Freaky Friday and The Public Theater’s NYSF. As a music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator, credits include: “Rise,” American Idiot, “Grease Live!,” Jagged Little Pill, SpongeBob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical, Everyday Rapture, and the Pitch Perfect films.
Louise Gund (Cast Album Co-Producer; Producer, Head Over Heels) received a Tony Award for Best Play for All The Way. Other Broadway productions include Sweat, Fiddler on the Roof, Six Degrees of Separation, and Sylvia. Louise is also committed to not-for-profit theatre.
Christine Russell (Cast Album Co-Producer; Producer, Head Over Heels). Broadway: Tony and Grammy Award-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Partner at Evolution Music Partners, a leading talent agency for film and TV composers based in Los Angeles. Co-Founder/CEO of Score Revolution, an online licensing platform for film music.
The principal cast of Head Over Heels features Andrew Durand (Spring Awakening), Taylor Iman Jones (Groundhog Day), Jeremy Kushnier (Cirque du Soleil Paramour), Bonnie Milligan (Kinky Boots tour; Broadway debut), Peppermint (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”; Broadway debut; the first trans-woman actress to create a principal role on Broadway), Tom Alan Robbins (The Lion King, original cast), Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening) and Rachel York (Disaster!).
The Head Over Heels ensemble is Amber Ardolino (Hamilton), Sharon Catherine Brown (Dreamgirls), Yurel Echezarreta (Aladdin), Lisa Finegold (Rock of Ages), Brian Flores (Pippin tour; Broadway debut), Ari Groover (Holler If Ya Hear Me), Tanya Haglund (Chicago tour; Broadway debut), Arica Jackson (Waitress tour; Broadway debut), Gregory Liles (Broadway debut), Gavin Lodge (Annie), Samantha Pollino (Hot Feet), Justin Prescott (Cirque Du Soleil Paramour), Christine Shepard (Broadway debut), Tanner Ray Wilson (Cats, 2017 revival) and Ricardo A. Zayas (Hamilton).
From the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Next To Normal, American Idiot, Spring Awakening and Avenue Q, the Head Over Heels creative team is led by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer with musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Tom Kitt and choreography by Emmy and Drama Desk nominee Spencer Liff. Head Over Heels was conceived and has an original book by Tony winner Jeff Whitty and is adapted by James Magruder. Head Over Heels is based upon The Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney. The creative team also includes scenic design by Tony Award nominee Julian Crouch, costume design by Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Arianne Phillips, lighting design by four-time Tony Award winner Kevin Adams, sound design by Tony Award winner Kai Harada, Hair and Makeup Design by Campbell Young Associates and projection design by Andrew Lazarow. Casting by Jim Carnahan Casting. Kimberly Grigsby serves as Musical Director. Lisa Iacucci is Production Stage Manager.
The Head Over Heels producing team is Christine Russell, Louise Gund, Donovan Leitch, Rick Ferrari, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scott Sigman, Hunter Arnold, Tom Kirdahy and Jordan Roth.
Julie Boardman, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Vikram Chatwal, John Gore Organization, NETworks Presentations, Insurgent Media, Robert Kravis, Art Lab LLC, Marc Bell, Mara Burros-Sandler, Carrie Clifford, Adam Gorgoni, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Marguerite Hoffman, Dr. Michael Mintz, Sandi Moran, Paramount Pictures, Van Horn Doran Group and Eric Cornell are co-producers. 101 Productions, Ltd. and Red Awning/Nicole Kastrinos serve as Executive Producers.