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Will Nunziata directs the new musical based on a true story of student activists in Nazi Germany.

Cole Thompson, Paolo Montalban, Jo Ellen Pellman, Kennedy Kanagawa, and Mike Cefalo in White Rose Russ Rowland

Off-Broadway's White Rose has released their world premiere recording, now available for streaming and digital purposes via Yellow Sound Label. Featuring a book and lyrics by Brian Belding and music by Natalie Brice, the musical is completed a run at Theatre Row March 31.

The production, which opened January 25, stars Jo Ellen Pellman (Netflix's The Prom) as Sophie Scholl, a real-world young German student who was executed for high treason due to her involvement with the non violent anti-Nazi resistance group White Rose. Will Nunziata is at the helm.

Pellman is joined by Mike Cefalo (New York, New York) as Hans Scholl, Kennedy Kanagawa (Into the Woods) as Christoph Probst, Laura Sky Herman (Hello, Dolly!) as Lila Ramdohr, Paolo Montalban (Funny Girl, Pacific Overtures) as Prof. Kurt Huber, Sam Gravitte (Wicked) as Frederick Fischer, Cole Thompson (Into the Woods) as Willi Graff, with Ellis Gage (Next To Normal), Dani Apple (The Sorceress), Pasquale Crociata, Cal Mitchell, and Aaron Ramey.

“The White Rose students were the privileged few who benefited from unjust laws and discrimination," said Belding in an earlier statement. "Yet they were the ones who ultimately stood up for those who no longer had a voice. They chose to use their privilege for good, risking everything. My hope is that this musical inspires those struggling to find their own way to take action where they see injustice.”

“It’s been an honor to use music to illuminate the poetry and capture the intention of the White Rose resistance group," added Brice. "This is a story of people who lived and loved during wartime. They had faith in what the world could be and felt deep down that change was possible as long as there was an idea of it. They kept their hope strong and shared their voice, even when unsure of the outcome. I’m over the moon to make their feelings and desires sing out loud and strong on this world premiere recording.”

The production featured music direction and arrangements by Sheela Ramesh, movement direction by Jordan Ryder, and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen.

“I am proud to be teaming with Jeff Laurinaitis, Charlie Rosen, Michael Croiter, Van Dean, and everyone at Yellow Sound Label to bring White Rose to listeners across the country and around the world," said Nunziata. "This true story of young resisters who fought with faith and fortitude against injustice needs to be told now more than ever. Brian and Natalie have created a beautiful patchwork of lyrics and music that is universal and relatable and I am thrilled that the show’s songs and important messages will now live on forever with this world-class recording.”

Visit WhiteRoseTheMusical.com.

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