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    February 9, 2024
    5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
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Why Theater Needs Cast Recordings, and the Introduction of a Brand New Label
Friday 2/9/24,  at 5pm ET.

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In the room: Van Dean, producer (Jagged Little Pill, Anastasia, Matilda, The Lightning Thief, Tony winner for Porgy and Bess revival), co-founder and former head of Broadway Records (Grammy for The Color Purple revival, Grammy nominee for Caroline, or Change, Matilda and My Fair Lady; also released nearly 300 recordings including Camelot 2023 revival,  Anastasia,  Once On This Island), now founder and president of Center Stage Records (Gutenberg! The Musical, How to Dance in Ohio). Van built Broadway Records into a respected brand. Has a change of his goals and/or the business itself influenced his decision to create the recently announced Center Stage Records label? How has the market for original cast albums changed over the years? How does a cast album fit into a commercial production budget? Digital albums vs. CDs: what is the market for each? Going forward, how will Van apply everything he learned with Broadway Records, and what lessons is he taking into the new brand?

    is a Tony¬ģ Award and Grammy¬ģ Award-winning producer of 13 Broadway musicals and plays (including¬†Jagged Little Pill,¬†Anastasia,¬†Rodgers and Hammerstein‚Äôs Cinderella,¬†The Gershwins‚Äô Porgy & Bess,¬†Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can, Evita, The Best Man, The Velocity of Autumn), 250+ musical theater-related recordings (including¬†Matilda,¬†The Color Purple,¬†Anastasia,¬†My Fair Lady,¬†If The Fates Allow: Hadestown Holiday Album,¬†The Lightning Thief), as well as numerous Broadway/National Tours, Off-Broadway musicals, concert events, a West End production, and a documentary film. Van is President and Co-Founder of Broadway Records and his philanthropic work includes being a producer of ‚ÄúBroadway For Orlando: What The World Needs Now is Love‚ÄĚ, Broadway United‚Äôs ‚ÄúWe Are The World‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúBroadway Kids Against Bullying: I Have a Voice‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúFrom Broadway With Love‚ÄĚ benefit concerts for Sandy Hook, Orlando (Emmy Award winner for sound design) and Parkland as well his work with NewArts in Sandy Hook/Newtown, CT.