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Broadway’s ‘Heart of Rock and Roll’ to release cast album

The recording will preserve the original Broadway company performing songs by Huey Lewis and the News.

(L-R) Corey Cott, Raymond J. Lee, John-Michael Lyles and F. Michael Haynie in “The Heart of Rock and Roll” on Broadway, 2024 (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

“The Heart of Rock and Roll” has revealed the upcoming release of an original Broadway cast recording. The Joy Machine Records album, which features a slew of songs from the Huey Lewis and the News catalog set to an original story, will be available digitally on June 14.

The album is being produced by Lewis, Brian Usifer and Will Van Dyke, the latter two of whom formed the aforementioned Joy Machine Records, along with Ian Kagney and Sonny Paladino, in 2023. Hunter Arnold, Tyler Mitchell and Kayla Greenspan will serve as executive producers on the release.

The cast album will preserve the performances of Corey Cott as Bobby, McKenzie Kurtz as Cassandra, Josh Breckenridge as Wyatt, F. Michael Haynie as Glenn, Zoe Jensen as Paige, Tamika Lawrence as Roz, Raymond J. Lee as JJ, John-Michael Lyles as Eli, Orville Mendoza Fjord, Billy Harrigan Tighe as Tucker and John Dossett as Stone.

Rounding out the company are Mike Baerga, Tommy Bracco, TyNia René Brandon, Olivia Cece, Taylor Marie Daniel, Lindsay Joan, Ross Lekites, Robin Masella, Kara Menendez, Joe Moeller, Jennifer Noble, Fredric Rodriguez Odgaard, Michael Olaribigbe, Kevin Pariseau, Robert Pendilla and Leah Read.

The album will feature the production’s band, which includes Ravi Best, Nate Brown, Matt Deitchman, Gina Benalcazar, Vivi Rama, Jeff Roberts, John Scarpulla and Van Dyke.

With a book by Jonathan A. Abrams and a story by Mitchell and Abrams, “The Heart of Rock and Roll” follows Bobby, who must decide between pursuing his rock-and-roll dreams or climbing the ranks of his day job at a distinguished Wisconsin box factory. Directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Lorin Latarro, the romantic comedy began previews on March 29 and opened on April 22 at the James Earl Jones Theatre.

“The Heart of Rock and Roll” is produced by Arnold, Mitchell and Greenspan.