MILLBURN, NJ — Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, along with Sony Masterworks Broadway announces the July 19 release of HALF TIME (ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING), with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Nell Benjamin and additional music by Marvin Hamlisch and Ester Dean. Available for preorder now, the album features music from the Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin-written musical, which made its 2018 debut at Paper Mill Playhouse and tells the uplifting true story of ten New Jersey seniors with extraordinary dreams.
The Half-Time (Original Cast Recording) features some of the last songs written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch, who passed away during the show’s early gestation. The album also features a who’s who of Broadway talent, including five-time Emmy Award-nominated actress Georgia Engel (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Everybody Loves Raymond), Tony and Emmy Award winnerLillias White (The Life, Sesame Street), Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and Emmy Award winner André De Sheilds (The Wiz), who most recently won a Tony for his role in Hadestown. The Original Cast Recording is dedicated to the memory of Georgia Engel.
Based on the motion picture Gotta Dance, directed, written and produced by Dori Bernstein, Half Time tells the incredible true story of ten determined dreamers who audition to dance at half time for a major basketball team., inspired by the true story of the Brooklyn Nets NETSational dance team. They have three things in common: they love to dance, they have something to prove, and they are all over 60.
Only after making the cut do they learn they won’t be dancing tap, salsa or swing—instead, they will bring down the house with a style that is entirely new to them: hip-hop. Take the uplifting journey with these dreamers—and the young coaches who inspire them along the way—as they battle self-doubt, stereotypes and even each other for a chance to bust a move at center court in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Together they remind us that in life, when the odds are stacked against you and the challenges seem too great to overcome, it’s not the end of the game—it’s Half Time.
HALF-TIME (ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING) – TRACK LISTING
- A Number – Company
- Who Wants to See That? – Haven Burton and Company
- Princess – Lillias White and Nkeki Obi-Melekwe
- Follow Me to the Party – Donna McKechnie, Kathryn Kendall, Lori Tan Chinn, Lillias White, Nancy Ticotin, Lenora Nemetz, Kay Walbye, André De Shields
- Dorothy/Dottie – Georgia Engel, Garrett Turner, Valton Jackson
- The Prince of Swing/There You Are – André De Shields, Mary Claire King, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe
- Swagger – Haven Burton, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Mary Claire King, Georgia Engel and Company
- The Waters Rise – Lori Tan Chinn
- They All Get to See That – Haven Burton
- Princess (Reprise) – Lillias White, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Garrett Turner
- ¿Como No? – Nancy Ticotin and Company
- The Prince of Swing (Reprise) – Georgia Engel and André De Shields
- Too Old for This – Donna McKechnie
- New Point of View – Company
- Gotta Get Up – Haven Burton, Lillias White, Georgia Engel and Company
- Time Machine (Bonus Track) – Donna McKechnie
ABOUT SONY MUSIC MASTERWORKS
Sony Music Masterworks comprises the imprints Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait and Masterworks Broadway. Our artists range from icons to newly developing talents in classical, crossover and adult alternative music, plus new and legendary jazz artists. Our vast catalog of musical theater recordings features classic shows and original cast albums of today’s Broadway hits, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Prom, SpongeBob SquarePants, Hello, Dolly! (starring Bette Midler), Groundhog Day, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, On Your Feet!, Kinky Boots, Once, If/Then and An American in Paris.
HALF TIME is produced by Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke.
HALF TIME CO-PRODUCING TEAM
Dreamworks Theatricals, Nelda Sue Yaw, Natasha Davidson, Adam S. Gordon, Elizabeth Armstrong, Suzanne Friedman, Kimberlee Garris, Monica Rosenthal, Jan Kalish, Alex Baron, Amand Bubois, Independent Presenter Network, Peter May, James L. Nederlander, Lisa Schultz, Reagan Silber, Lorianne Boyle / Sharon Fallon, Thomas Steven Perakos, Judy Lavin, Greg Centineo, Yonge Street Theatrical, In Association with Adam Zell, John Gore Organization, Lisa Morris, The Road Company
PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Michael Stotts (Managing Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. For additional information, please visit www.papermill.org.