News: Cast album released for ‘Tokyo Rose’

The cast album for the critically-acclaimed musical Tokyo Rose has been released on Spotify. The release comes as the show heads out on a much-anticipated tour from 16th September – 30th October. Winner of the coveted Les Enfant Terribles Stepladder Award, Tokyo Rose was a sell-out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe. Composer William Patrick Harrison’s energetic score includes cross-genre tracks encompassing pop, electronic, and neo-classical in a largely sung-through format to tell the story of one of America’s most controversial trials for treason.

The album, spotlighting eight tracks from the show, will feature the incredible voices of cast members Kanako Nakano (Miss Saigon, West End; Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West End), Maya Britto (Tokyo Rose, New Diorama Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe; Arabian Nights, Hoxton Hall), Lucy Park (Tokyo Rose, New Diorama Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe; Game Face, Q Theatre/Tristan Bates Theatre), Yuki Sutton (Tokyo Rose, New Diorama Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe; Satanic Panic ’87, Channel 4), Amy Parker (Ride, Vault Festival; Dancing By Myself, King’s Head Theatre), and Cara Baldwin (The Marathon Project, online; The Half Moon Shania, Zoo Venues/Vault Festival). The recording was produced by Sam Featherstone, William Patrick Harrison and Hannah Benson.

This powerful original musical is told from the point of view of defendant Iva Toguri, accused of being the notorious wartime broadcaster ‘Tokyo Rose’. Examining a real-life story of scaremongering and scapegoating, Tokyo Rose foregrounds the voice of the individual, so often drowned out by rabble-rousing discourse; something even Iva herself struggles to hold on to during a journey of self-acceptance.

Composer William Patrick Harrison commented: “Crafting this album has been a fantastic opportunity to explore innovative new ways to score a musical. We were united as a team in our sweat and determination to realise an unrelenting thrill ride of bops, belters and ballads. I cannot wait for audiences to be inspired by the voices of these incredible women as they have inspired me. So, if this album does one thing, then let it be to declare to the world with voices that are powerful, earnest and with the most defiant joy that Iva Toguri lived!”

Tokyo Rose provides a female-centric view of a male dominated period of history. Now in a new two-act full length format, this thought-provoking production is a timely examination of xenophobia and anti-Asian sentiment, unfortunately still relevant today. This production celebrates a community whose point of view is not only overlooked in history, but also underrepresented on stage and screen.

Tokyo Rose is available to stream on Spotify.

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