Panel Discussion: Recording & Distributing New Musical Theatre Cast Albums

February 18th, 2021

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Date(s) - 18/02/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


With theatre venues closed, it’s a good time to explore how to reach musical theatre audiences with a cast recording of your past or future show. Our industry panel will discuss the practical logistics of how to get a cast recording made, and some of the options for distribution – such as partnering with a recording label, and putting recordings on digital platforms and music streaming services.

Our panellists combine the expertise of producers and recording labels with the insights of artists who have released cast recordings of their work recently.

Join the livestreamed discussion on YouTube – book in advance here.  We’ll then send you the link so you can participate in the live chat and send questions to our panellists. 
Check out our panellists (subject to change):

Van Dean, President and Co-Founder of Broadway Records, which has released over 185 albums including recent cast recordings of The Color Purple, AnastasiaThe Lightning Thief, The Visit and Matilda, and hopes to release more recordings of new UK musicals. Van is a Tony and Grammy Award winning producer who will be joining us from New York. Broadway Records


Simon Grieff
, Founder of 
SimG Records
, a key recording label for new British musical theatre cast recordings in recent years, including Flowers for Mrs Harris, Imaginary, Soho Cinders and The A-Z of Mrs P. Simon is also a director, running SimG Productions. SimG Records



P. Burton-Morgan, Artistic Director of Metta Theatre, which recently released cast recordings of their new musicals in development Housefire and The Rhythmics. P is a writer and director whose past productions include her musical In The Willows – also available as a cast recording.  Metta Theatre



Vikki Stone is a writer, composer, actor and comedian, whose recent musical concept album #ZoologicalSociety (written with Katie Mulgrew) was released online in partnership with Royal & Derngate, with a song from the musical shortlisted for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize. Vikki Stone



John Yap, Founder of Jay Records, which since 1980 has released hundreds of musical theatre cast recordings, including many original West End and Broadway casts, new British musical Therese Raquin, UK revival cast recordings such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Free As Air. Jay Records



Free to members, non-members are welcome to join us for a pay-what-you-can donation to the ongoing new musical theatre initiatives of MMD and MTN. Please register for your ticket according to your membership – registrations are encouraged so we can gauge interest. This panel will be broadcast on YouTube, and the link to watch will be emailed to participants on the day of the event. 

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