Tony winners Jessie Mueller (Beautiful The Carole King Musical) and James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) head the company of a new studio cast recording of the holiday musical The Christmas Schooner, now available on all major digital music platforms.
Written by John Reeger and Julie Shannon and inspired by a true story, the recording also features the talents of Joel Hatch (Come From Away), Daniel Yearwood (Hamilton), John Edwards (MJ), Deon'te Goodman (Hamilton), Patricia Noonan (Death Takes a Holiday), Stephanie Jae Park (Hamilton), Robert Pendilla (Kinky Boots), Tess Primack (Fiddler on the Roof), Kyle Sherman (Ordinary Days), and Vedant Ramesh. Scott Weinstein serves as director.
The Christmas Schooner is the holiday story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit.
The album, which features new orchestrations by Ian Weinberger, is produced by Bill Geller Productions, Bill Geller, Angie Teo, Weinberger, Zachary Baer, and Jillian Robbins, and is mastered by Roberta Giel.
"I have known and loved this music for years," Mueller says. "I have been blessed to know its book writer, John Reeger, all of my life, and when he approached me about doing this new studio album, I was so honored. I'm thrilled that a new generation will get to know Julie Shannon's music, highlighted by Ian Weinberger's gorgeous new orchestrations and this incredible cast. Plus, I'm a bit of a Christmas nut, so this show gets me every time! It was healing to gather in a room again with such talented artists after such a long time. To make music! In the same room! My heart was full."
The Christmas Schooner is available for licensing through Music Theatre International.