by Elliott Mattox
As the ensemble greeted each other in the lobby at the DiMenna Center, we compared our different orders from Dunkin Donuts. It felt like most mornings with the cast - lots of laughs, hugs and talking about what we did the night before. We made our way into the studios, got settled in our booths and put our headphones on to start recording. As soon as we heard the first notes the orchestra had recorded, I got giddy. The morning become more than just your average Broadway morning. We were making an Original Broadway Cast Recording.
I’ve been lucky enough to experience this kind of magic before. I was on the cast recording for my last Broadway show, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is always so exciting to make something with your cast that will last forever, long after the show is closed, but there was something special about making the cast recording for Beetlejuice.
Granted, the mechanics are the same: record your vocals, do a ton takes, lots of water and coffee. Both cast recordings were even done in the same room! This time, there was a different kind of excitement in the air. I had been working on Beetlejuice for almost two years at the time we recorded. Singing songs I’d sung since the beginning alongside some brand new ones. I had resorted at times to rocking out to a voice memo recording “Dead Mom” to get my fix.
Now, myself and my fellow theatre enthusiasts will be able to put on their headphones, press play and feel that same giddiness at the first notes of the cast recording. When I listen to the recording, I know I’ll be reminded of how lucky I am to be a part of this show. And to the little boy listening to the Beauty and the Beast cast recording on your Discman while dancing around your driveway - you did it. Your dream came true.