Broadway Sings Blood Rock: The Musical – Bonus Edition, a special edition 7 song EP from the acclaimed 2018 play Blood Rock: The Musical created by Michael Berns, has received a worldwide release exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music.
This special edition EP, released exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music, features unreleased performances from the show’s 2020 release by four of Broadway’s biggest stars: Tony Award nominee 2019 Damon daunno (Looped in Oklahoma from Broadway!); 1987 Tony Awards nominee Robert torti (Greaseball from “Starlight Express”); Andy Mientus (Les Misérables de Broadway and the Pied Piper in the CW series The Flash); and Jennifer DiNola (Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked). Pop singers Aaron Durr and Jennifer Fertado also lend their sensational vocal talents to secure star roles on the album.
Broadway Sings Blood Rock: The Musical – Bonus Edition is currently in review for Record of the year 2022 Grammy Awards with the songs Thomasina (performed by Damon Daunno) and A Thousand Years (performed by Robert Torti and Aaron Durr). Also a Song of the year consideration for The Light Inside, which is performed by show creator Michael Berns and Jennifer Fertado.
With original music by Michael Berns and lyrics by Berns and Peabody Award winner Ralph Pezzulo (whose books include Jawbreaker and Inside SEAL Team Six), Blood Rock: The Musical is being revamped with plans for a all new and biggest production in Los Angeles. During the pandemic hiatus, Berns continued to work with his creative team and produced the special edition of this EP, which includes original songs from the Blood Rock 2018 theatrical presentation in Los Angeles – as well as a brand new song for the The Light show Inside.
New members of the play’s crew, including the director / choreographer, participated in the production of the EP alongside Berns. Kay cole (an original A Chorus Line actor on Broadway); production designer Andy Walmsley (The my holly mate History, American Idol); and producer Conwell Worthington (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast World Tour).
Berns said, “I’m thrilled with this new project, which has its roots in our 2018 stage show. I’ve assembled a really remarkable new team to rework the original show and produce this new edition of seven songs of Broadway Chante. EP, James walsh, Matt smith, Kay cole and Conwell Worthington and I all co-produced these songs via Zoom calls, FaceTime chats, and via direct streams from the two studios (NYC and Las Vegas) where the actors were physically located during recording. Considering the current COVID environment, this virtual recording setup has allowed us to produce something unique – something that we are all very proud of! “
Blood Rock The Musical tells the story of two rival vampire gangs who have secretly lived in the city of Philadelphia for hundreds of years. The producers said, “The new show is akin to West Side Story, with vampires. Blood Rock is a lot of fun – and packed with humor and overwhelming songs. During our initial engagement in Los Angeles, Blood Rock was thrilling. for audiences of all ages. “
The recording studio staff for the album consisted of Michael Berns and James walsh – the duo jointly produced the majority of the record from Walsh’s Threshold Studios in New York (with Berns staying in Los Angeles) with sound engineers Derek Rusinek and Andrew Yanchyshyn. Additional vocal performances were recorded at Adrenaline Studios in Las Vegas, with Matt smith as sound engineer and again with Berns stationed in Los Angeles.