Joe Iconis' Love in Hate Nation is getting a cast recording via Ghostlight Records, with a digital and streaming release set for February 11. The album will feature the cast of the musical's 2019 world premiere at New Jersey's Two River Theater, which included Sydney Farley, Amina Faye, Jasmine Forsberg, Lauren Marcus, Kelly McIntyre, Lena Skeele, Emerson Mae Smith, Ryan Vona, and Tatiana Wechsler. Get a first listen to the cast singing "Life in Hate Nation" from the upcoming release above.
Pre-orders for the album, now available, include immediate access to the track "Revolution Song." To pre-order, click here.
With a book, music, and lyrics by the Be More Chill songwriter, Love in Hate Nation is a love story about two women caught in the middle of a changing America in the 1960s, centering on teenagers Susannah and Sheila and their time at the oppressive National Reformatory for Girls. The Two River production was directed by John Simpkins and featured musical direction and arrangements by Anastasia Victory and music supervision and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen.
The album is set to include two bonus tracks: the song "Jezebel," and a cover of "Masochist" by The Smith Twins.
Two River Theater also gave Iconis' Be More Chill its world premiere in 2015, the recording of which became a streaming phenomenon on Spotify and led to the work's Off-Broadway and Broadway premieres in 2018.
The Love in Hate Nation original cast album is produced by Iconis, Ian Kagey, and Rosen, with Michael Hurst/Two River Theater and Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producers.