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New musical ‘Water for Elephants’ to release original cast album

The album will be recorded on March 25.

(L-R) Isabelle McCalla as Marlena and Grant Gustin as Jacob in “Water for Elephants” on Broadway, 2024 (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

“Water for Elephants” will receive an original Broadway cast recording. The album, featuring an original score by PigPen Theatre Co., will be released by Ghostlight Records on a date to be announced.

The musical has released music videos of three songs from the productions: a first listen of “Anywhere,” performed by PigPen; “Wild,” performed by stars Grant Gustin and Isabelle McCalla; and “The Road Don’t Make You Young,” performed by members of the company.

The cast album will be produced by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Ian Kagey and recorded on March 25.

With a book by Tony Award nominee Rick Elice, “Water for Elephants” began previews at the Imperial Theatre on Feb. 24 and will open on March 21. Tony-nominated director Jessica Stone helms the mounting, which features choreography by Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll with circus design by Carroll.

In addition to Gustin and McCalla, the principal cast of “Water for Elephants” includes Gregg Edelman, Paul Alexander Nolan, Stan Brown, Joe De Paul, Sara Gettelfinger and Wade McCollum and features Brandon Block, Antoine Boissereau, Rachael Boyd, Paul Castree, Ken Wulf Clark, Taylor Colleton, Gabriel Olivera de Paula Costa, Isabella Luisa Diaz, Samantha Gershman, Keaton Hentoff-Killian, Nicolas Jelmoni, Caroline Kane, Harley Ross Beckwith McLeish, Michael Mendez, Samuel Renaud, Marissa Rosen, Alexandra Gaelle Royer, Asa Somers, Charles South, Sean Stack, Matthew Varvar and Michelle West.

“Water for Elephants” is based on the best-selling Sara Gruen novel of the same name. The story follows Jacob Jankowski, a young man running toward a new life, who hops aboard a train that happens to be a traveling circus. When the ringmaster brings on an elephant as the new star attraction, Jacob must train her alongside the ringmaster’s wife, Marlena. Sparks fly and Jacob’s future may not be what he thinks.

“Water for Elephants” is produced by Peter Schneider, Jennifer Costello, Grove Entertainment, Frank Marshall, Isaac Robert Hurwitz and Seth A. Goldstein.