London's National Theatre's revival of Brian Friel's Olivier-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa released a cast recording of its original music June 16 via Broadway Records. The production opened in London April 18, and ran through May 27.
Featuring original music by Hannah Peel, the 10-track album is now available for sale at BroadwayRecords.com, and on all digital streaming platforms.
Continuing Broadway Records' collaboration with the National Theatre, which has recorded original music from The Lehman Trilogy, Wuthering Heights, and the new musical Hex, the latest release features musicians Alice Allen, Joëlle Barker, Niamh Dunne, Seán Graham, Andrea Magee, Conal McDonagh, and Hannah Peel. The album is produced by Peel.
The track listing for Dancing at Lughnasa is:
Dancing at Lughnasa
The Mason’s Apron
The Air is Nostalgic
Floating in Isolation
A Mirage of Sound
The Mundy Sisters
Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls), Alison Oliver (Conversations with Friends), Louisa Harland (Derry Girls) Bláithín Mac Gabhann, and Justine Mitchell starred as the play's leading five sisters. Joining them were Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and Tom Riley. Sean Donegan, Lauren Farrell, George Turner, Amy Brown, and Caitríona Williams served as understudies.
It's 1936, and harvest time has come in Ballybeg, a village in the Ireland's northwestern county, Donegal. Five sisters living in poverty are struggling to raise seven-year-old Michael while also caring for their Uncle Jack. As they fight and love, yearn and survive, the family's world arrives on the brink of change during the Festival of Lughnasa where pagan and Christian traditions convene.
Directed by Josie Rourke, the production featured set and costume design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Mark Henderson, choreography by Wayne McGregor, compositions by Hannah Peel, sound design by Emma Laxton, and video design by Douglas O’Connell. Casting was by Alastair Coomer.
Dancing at Lughnasa made its Broadway premiere in 1991 at the Plymouth Theatre where it began previews October 11 and opened October 24. It closed a year later on October 25 and was recognized with eight Tony nominations. Of those, it won the awards for Best Play, Best Direction of a Play, and Best Featured Actress in a Play for Bríd Brennan's performance.
Go inside the rehearsal room with the gallery below.