Title: Songs from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Artist: Nick Jonas and the Broadway Cast
Label: Broadway Records
Format: Single CD - a 5 Track EP
Case: Tri-fold Single CD Laminated Cardstock Case.
Booklet: Full color production photos featuring Nick Jonas, Rose Hemingway, Rob Bartlett and Company, as well as publicity shots featuring Jonas and Hemingway. Full recording and cast credits.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Who better than fans of theatre to support each and every recording that is released which preserves important scores, and in this case, important performances? Kudos again to the new kid on the recording block, Broadway Records, for bringing this unique and rare kind of recording to the public. So far, they are two for two in the quality department, and one hopes that this type of recording will now become less rare. Don't get me wrong, I'd love a full recording with the full replacement company. But in its stead, an EP of songs which feature Mr. Jonas is still more than we might have had, and I am grateful.
It may seem strange to you that I am singing the praises of a tri-fold piece of card stock, but given the nature of the recording, a full jewel case seems wasteful and one of those slim, backless plastic cases is a pain in the neck. Whether you are a fan of this more environmentally friendly kind of CD case or not, the quality of the content is such that it doesn't feel skimpy or cheap, either. You get the full size H2S green logo featuring Jonas, two publicity stills (see above), and a very generous SIX full color production photos featuring most the numbers included on the EP. One detail that I fully appreciate is that despite a change in record companies (DECCA recorded the 2011 Broadway Cast), an effort has been made to make this EP have the same style and feel of the other. The layout and type style match, as well as all of the logos, making them a true set. I respect and trust companies that take such care.
And I am guessing that at least part of the reason this EP has been released is to draw in curiosity seekers and fans of the show who might be unsure of the new leading man. If these five songs are any indication of his full performance, I might just have to stop by the Al Hirschfeld Theatre before he departs in July.
(CD cover by Broadway Records, publicity photos by Chris Callis, production photos by Ari Mintz)