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Behind-the-Scenes Look at God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater's Recording Session

The Encores! cast gathers to record Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s musical.

Ghostlight Records has released a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the New York City Center Encores! Off-Center production of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. The album was released July 28.

Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's the novel, the musical is the first collaboration between Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. It tells the story of Eliot Rosewater (Santino Fontana), a millionaire who drunkenly decides to blow his fortune on the inhabitants of an impoverished town after being inspired by the utopian vision of novelist Kilgore Trout (James Earl Jones). But there are forces who want to put the kibosh on Eliot's philanthropy, like Norman Mushari (Skylar Astin), a lawyer plotting to have Eliot declared insane.

With direction by Michael Mayer and music direction by Chris Fenwick, the cast also included Derrick Baskin (Memphis), Jeff Blumenkrantz (Bright Star), Nick Choksi (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila (Rocky), Clark Johnson, Rebecca Naomi Jones (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Eddie Korbich (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney (Annie), Bonnie Milligan (Kinky Boots), Brynn O'Malley (Honeymoon in Vegas), and Kate Wetherhead (Legally Blonde).

Click here to preorder the album.