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BroadwayWorld reviewed The New Picasso: The Musical (Act One) [Original Broadway Cast Concept Album Recording] and The New Picasso: The Musical (Act Two) [Original Broadway Cast Concept Album Recording], a rags to riches of the heart story where personal growth and development are forged in the fires of a decadent world steeped in wealth inequality.

'At the bottom line, THE NEW PICASSO is in the same vein of romantic fable that makes pieces like Moulin Rouge! so appealing to audiences. The penniless and creative everyman struggles to accept his identity and along the way finds storybook love and romance. The moving music on the albums swell with emotionality and is sung by a cast of cherished Broadway stars...The ambitious theatrical piece tells the story of a young artist whom a temptress and deceitful art dealer lure down a path of destruction; however, along the way he finds his self, true love, and redemption. Spanning two discs, the music to this fantasy piece is equal parts stirring and familiar...with his score for THE NEW PICASSO, Jonathan David Sloate doesn't disappoint...he plies the emotions of the listeners with smartly constructed chord progressions and beloved, cliche modalities to give us insight into the characters...Naturally, what really draws Broadway babies to the album is the cast he has assembled. The starry eyed hero, Jon Bernard, is expertly sung by Max von Essen. His spirited lyric baritone/tenor vocalizations charm on numbers like the hopeful "From My Mind's Eye," the undulating and angst-ridden "Lost At Sea," and the breathy ballad "All the Lonely People." Robert Cuccioli sings the villain of the show, powerful art dealer Jules de Medici, with poised power. With robust, tangible bravado it is easy to see how he entices Jon with "Art Gives You Immortality," but we see a darker and more sinister side of him when he sings with ferocious fervor on songs like "Kingmaker" and "I'll Destroy Him!." Brooke Sunny Moriber gives life to his childhood sweetheart Jennifer Robbins, singing sweetly on songs like "I Believe." With the same seductive vocal quality as Linda Eder, Ashley Amber brings the siren Alexandra Laurent to life with jazzy sensuality on numbers like "Wind Up Doll" and "Tell Me With You Heart."' -BroadwayWorld by David Clarke 2015

In November The New Picasso: The Musical (Act One) [Original Broadway Cast Concept Album Recording] and The New Picasso: The Musical (Act Two) [Original Broadway Cast Concept Album Recording] were Nominated for "Best New Concept Cast or Studio Cast Recording" at the 2014 BroadwayWorld Album Awards.

The International Performing Arts Institute held a workshop of The New Picasso in the Bavarian Alps in Germany during the Summer 2014. The workshop was led by Director/Choreographer Christopher Ryan, Director of Musical Theatre at IPAI, and Music Director Jaime K. Castellanos featuring Shanute' Tabb, McKenzie Pollock, and Christian Barba.

Just Plain Folks nominee 

"Everything You Touch Is Beautiful To Me" performed by Brooke Sunny Moriber was the Winner of Best Theater Song of the Year at the 2009 JPF Music Awards. The New Picasso - The Musical - Act One (Original Concept Album Cast Recording) icon and The New Picasso - The Musical - Act Two (Original Concept Album Cast Recording) icon were awarded Runner-Up for Best Theater Album of the Year at the 2009 JPF Music Awards in Nashville, TN.

Two songs from the concept albums were Nominated for Best Theater Song of the Year: "Everything You Touch Is Beautiful To Me" performed by Brooke Sunny Moriber and "Tell Me With Your Heart" performed by Ashley Amber & Max von Essen. The 2009 JPF Music Awards received 42,000 album submissions and 560,000 songs. Both The New Picasso and The Tower Of Babel received Honorable Mention for Best Stageplay at the 75th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition out of 19,000 entries.

Stars Robert Cuccioli and Max von Essen shine as The New Picasso - The Musical - Act One (Original Concept Album Cast Recording) icon hits the "Top 15 Soundtracks Bestsellers" List for an MP3 Album on Amazon.com since its release as well as the "Top 60 Hot New Releases," "Top 9 Hot New Releases Soundtracks," "Top 40 Hot New Releases Pop," "Top 100 Pop Bestsellers," and "Top 160 Bestsellers" for all MP3 Albums on Amazon. The New Picasso - The Musical - Act Two (Original Concept Album Cast Recording) icon hits the "Top 15 Hot New Releases Soundtracks," "Top 60 Soundtracks Bestsellers," "Top 100 Hot New Releases Pop," "Top 200 Hot New Releases," and the "Bestsellers" List for all MP3 Albums on Amazon.com. Both The New Picasso - The Musical - Act One (Original Concept Album Cast Recording) and The New Picasso - The Musical - Act Two (Original Concept Album Cast Recording) make the "Bestsellers" List in Music on Amazon.com as well as the Top 10 on the "Top Sellers" List and the "Recommended" List for Classical: Musical Theater albums on CDBaby.com. Score Highlights from The Musical Concept Albums of The New Picasso and The Tower Of Babel icon makes the "Top 15 Hot New Releases Soundtracks," "Top 100 Soundtracks Bestsellers," "Top 120 Hot New Releases Pop," "Top 250 Hot New Releases," and the "Bestsellers" List for all MP3 Albums on Amazon. The Tower Of Babel - The Musical - Jonathan David Sloate's Original Sketches (The Concept Album) iconicon makes the "Top 20 Hot New Releases Soundtracks," "Top 200 Soundtracks Bestsellers," "Top 200 Hot New Releases Pop," and the "Bestsellers" List for all MP3 Albums on Amazon.

"Girl Of My Dreams" performed by Max von Essen and the 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra from The New Picasso - The Musical - Act Two (Original Concept Album Cast Recording) icon enters the "Top 25 Tunes of the Week" Chart at No. 18 on Broadway Cafe Society Radio.

On Saturday, May 10th, Michael Englebert, Host of the 'Applause' radio show (5-6pm Eastern Time) over AM740 Toronto (half-million listeners), will be playing 4 selections from The New Picasso - The Musical - Act Two (Original Concept Album Cast Recording): "Curtain Call" featuring The Company & the 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra, "How The Game Is Played" featuring Robert Cuccioli & the 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra, "Girl Of My Dreams" featuring Max von Essen & the 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra, and "Live Your Dream" featuring Christiane Noll, William Parry & The Company. The station is also streamed over the internet at www.am740.ca.

The recording features the talents of Tony-nominated Robert Cuccioli (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards: Jekyll & Hyde), Max von Essen (Les Miserables), Ashley Amber (Curtains), Brooke Sunny Moriber (Les Miserables), Rodney Hicks (Rent) and Tony-nominated Christiane Noll (Ragtime) along with several Broadway veterans including William Parry (Sunday in the Park with George), Joseph Dellger (Ragtime), Tony Freeman (The Lion King), and John Jeffrey Martin (Hairspray, Disney’s High School Musical).

Several of the tracks feature performances with the 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra. The recording also includes Bob Barth (Off-Broadway: Treaty 321! A Musical), Tara Cornetto (Off-Broadway: Treaty 321! A Musical), Elizabeth Earley (Something Rotten!, Baltimore/Las Vegas: Beauty and the Beast), Jerry Gallagher (Paper Mill Playhouse: Guys & Dolls), Steven M. Goldsmith (San Francisco/Chicago: Jersey Boys), and Nyjah Moore Westbrooks (Broadway Benefit: Chess).

The New Picasso features a book and score by Jonathan David Sloate. The musical is described as such: "Tormented by his mother's suicide, Jon Bernard (Max von Essen) is driven to become the greatest painter that the world has ever known. Incapable of embracing the unconditional love and adoration from his childhood sweetheart, Jennifer Robbins (Brooke Sunny Moriber), or from his caring father, Nate (William Parry), and upbeat group of friends (Rodney Hicks, John Jeffrey Martin, Steven M. Goldsmith), Jon innocently entangles himself into the ever-scheming clutches of Vanguard City's most powerful art dealer, Jules de Medici (Robert Cuccioli), who remains deeply obsessed with the memory of Jon's mother, Nicolette Bernard (Christiane Noll). The dark passionate journey Jon embarks upon to discover the depths of true love brings him to the brink of disaster and ruin once Jules entices him with a stunning temptress, Alexandra Laurent (Ashley Amber). So befalls this epic tale of betrayal, obsession, resurrection, and the quest for love's ultimate redemption… The Soul."

The New Picasso Original Concept Album cast consists of Robert Cuccioli (Jules de Medici), Max von Essen (Jon Bernard), Ashley Amber (Alexandra Laurent/Trixie), Brooke Sunny Moriber (Jennifer Robbins), Rodney Hicks (Robert), Christiane Noll (Nicolette Bernard), William Parry (Nate Bernard), Joseph Dellger (Charles Chadwick/Mr. Robbins), Tony Freeman (Baron von Voofenschteiner), John Jeffrey Martin (Michael), Steven M. Goldsmith (Steven), Jerry Gallagher (Mr. Miracles), Bob Barth (Sidney Rothchilds), Elizabeth Earley (Mrs. Robbins), Tara Cornetto (Summerton Townsperson), and Nyjah Moore Westbrooks (Vanguard City Socialite).

Score Highlights from The Musical Concept Albums of The New Picasso and The Tower Of Babel icon is now available for digital download at Apple's iTunes Stores worldwide, Amazon.com, eMusic.com, Rhapsody, Napster,and GroupieTunes.

Score Highlights from The Musical Concept Albums of The New Picasso and The Tower Of Babel icon includes the following 21 tracks featuring several performances with the 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra: "Overture," "if You Believe," "Girl Of My Dreams," "Save Tomorrow For Another Day," "How The Game Is Played," "All The Lonely People," "Tell Me With Your Heart," "Wind Up Doll," "i Believe," "Can You Hear Me?," "We May Never Meet Like This Again," "Don't Look Down," "The Girl Inside Of Me," "The Bride To Be Is Here - The Wedding March," "Beyond," "Justice Is Victorious!," "Love Potion's Spell," "A Tower To Heaven," "Reap My Tyranny!," "We Can Build It Higher," and "Happiness Together."

Now you can buy the latest branded swag, apparel and merchandise from The New Picasso The Musical Act One Online Store and The New Picasso The Musical Act Two Online Store at Cafepress.com.

 


The 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Klemens.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Max von Essen, Rodney Hicks, John Jeffrey Martin, Steven M. Goldsmith,
Brooke Sunny Moriber, William Parry, Joseph Dellger, Ashley Amber, Tony Freeman,
Bob Barth, Tara Cornetto, Elizabeth Earley, Jerry Gallagher, and Nyjah Moore Westbrooks.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Brooke Sunny Moriber.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Max von Essen.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Ashley Amber.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Robert Cuccioli, Ashley Amber, Tony Freeman, Joseph Dellger,
Bob Barth, Tara Cornetto, Elizabeth Earley, Jerry Gallagher, Steven M. Goldsmith,
John Jeffrey Martin, and Nyjah Moore Westbrooks.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Brooke Sunny Moriber.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Rodney Hicks, John Jeffrey Martin, Steven M. Goldsmith, Max von Essen, Robert Cuccioli,
Christiane Noll, Brooke Sunny Moriber, William Parry, Joseph Dellger, Ashley Amber, Tony Freeman,
Bob Barth, Tara Cornetto, Elizabeth Earley, Jerry Gallagher, Nyjah Moore Westbrooks, Josh Moore,
and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Max von Essen.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Christiane Noll.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Robert Cuccioli and Max von Essen.


Performed by Max von Essen and Brooke Sunny Moriber.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Ashley Amber and Jerry Gallagher.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Brooke Sunny Moriber, Max von Essen, William Parry, Joseph Dellger,
Rodney Hicks, Elizabeth Earley, Ashley Amber, Bob Barth, Tara Cornetto, Tony Freeman,
Jerry Gallagher, Steven M. Goldsmith, John Jeffrey Martin, and Nyjah Moore Westbrooks.

 

All The Lonely People
Performed by Robert Cuccioli and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Max von Essen.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Max von Essen, Ashley Amber, Bob Barth, Tara Cornetto, Elizabeth Earley, Tony Freeman,
Jerry Gallagher, Steven M. Goldsmith, Rodney Hicks, John Jeffrey Martin,
William Parry, and Nyjah Moore Westbrooks.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Robert Cuccioli.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Max von Essen and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Joseph Dellger, Tony Freeman, Ashley Amber, Bob Barth, Tara Cornetto, Elizabeth Earley,
Jerry Gallagher, Steven M. Goldsmith, Rodney Hicks, John Jeffrey Martin, William Parry,
Nyjah Moore Westbrooks, and Alton Fitzgerald White.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Max von Essen.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Ashley Amber and Robert Cuccioli.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Rodney Hicks and Max von Essen
and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Ashley Amber.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Robert Cuccioli and Max von Essen.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Ashley Amber and Max von Essen.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Max von Essen.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Ashley Amber.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Christiane Noll, William Parry, Robert Cuccioli, Max von Essen, Brooke Sunny Moriber,
Rodney Hicks, Ashley Amber, Tony Freeman, Jerry Gallagher, Steven M. Goldsmith, John Jeffrey Martin,
Bob Barth, Tara Cornetto, Elizabeth Earley, and Nyjah Moore Westbrooks.

All The Lonely People
Performed by Rodney Hicks, John Jeffrey Martin, Steven M. Goldsmith, Max von Essen, Robert Cuccioli,
Christiane Noll, Brooke Sunny Moriber, William Parry, Joseph Dellger, Ashley Amber, Tony Freeman,
Bob Barth, Tara Cornetto, Elizabeth Earley, Jerry Gallagher, Nyjah Moore Westbrooks, Josh Moore,
and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

 

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