Brand new British musical The Rhythmics has released a cast album.
The show, co-produced by Aria Entertainment and Metta Theatre, follows an all male rhythmic gymnastics performance ensemble who soar to worldwide fame.
You can stream the album via Spotify here. It is also available via Apple Music, Amazon Music, iTunes and many other digital streaming platforms.
A synopsis of the musical shares: “Hapless single-dad Grey is in a rut. Teenage daughter Silva packs him off to revive his rockstar dreams. He successfully auditions for ‘Nick & the Rhythmics’ only to realise… He’s actually signed up for an all-male Rhythmic Gymnastics troupe.
“Against the odds these burly blokes twirl their ‘ribbons of fire’ as far the World Championships – and along the way Grey finally learns to embrace life. Calendar Girls meets Full Monty in this joyous new musical.”
The piece has a book and lyrics from Poppy Burton-Morgan with music and lyrics by Ben Glasstone.
Artists involved in the cast recording include Neil McDermott (EastEnders, Pretty Woman) as ‘Grey’, Eleanor Kane (Fun Home, Billionaire Boy) as ‘Silva’, Christopher Staines (The Great Gatsby, Abigail’s Party) as ‘Nick’, Daniel York Loh (The Shadow Factory, Pahl-La) as ‘Dennis’, Samuel Thomas (Man of La Mancha, The Last Five Years) as ‘Connor’, and Kinny Gardner (Lindsay Kemp Company / Krazy Kat Theatre Company) as ‘Sid’. The Musical Director was Jamie Ross and it was mixed and mastered by Simon Small for Voicebox Productions.
Alongside the cast album (which features 11 of the 19 songs that will be in the show), the producers have released a full music video of the track ‘Got Your Back’ (above) with fully integrated BSL choreography from Mark Smith (Artistic Director for Deaf Men Dancing), as well as captioning, in order to make it fully accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
Poppy Burton-Morgan says, “Got Your Back comes at the opening of Act 2. The Rhythmics team are having a drink together over Zoom (in the pub in the show proper) and finally starting to open up to each other emotionally.
“Leader of the troupe Nick reappears halfway through, having gone AWOL and he opens up through basic sign language (as he and his brother sometimes communicate in BSL as one of Jeremy’s children is deaf). Rifts are healed, and in the midst of the opening up they have a brainwave about how to transform their routine for the impending world championships…”
Those featured in the video are Neil McDermott as ‘Grey’, Loren O’Dair as ‘Sue’, Craig Turner as ‘Nick’, Carl Sanderson as ‘Dennis’, Lemuel Knights as ‘Connor’, Adam Jay-Price as ‘Jeremy’ and Kinny Gardner as ‘Sid’.
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