Full production recording of Evangeline now available

First time in 20 years a Canadian musical has been recorded, complete with its original cast and a full 17-piece orchestra

Published on July 22, 2014

Adam Brazier, left, and Dean Constable, co-hosts for a listening party at the special album release for the Canadian musical Evangeline. The meet and greet took place at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown Tuesday.

If you loved the music and songs in last summer’s production of Evangeline at the Confederation Centre, you’re in luck.

A new cast recording of the Confederation Centre’s production of Evangeline is now available for purchase. It’s the first time in 20 years a Canadian musical has been recorded, complete with its original cast and a full 17-piece orchestra.

A special album launch ceremony was held at Homburg Theatre in the Confederation Centre Tuesday.

“I am extremely excited about the release of the Evangeline album today,” said the Confederation Centre’s general theatre manager, Dean Constable.

“The centre has been working on this project for almost a year and I am very proud of the quality of the product our staff and artist have created. I know this album will be an important permanent record of a significant Canadian musical.”

Tracks from the album were played at the theatre while the Constable and Adam Brazier, who co-starred as Gabriel in the show, discussed the making of the recording in Toronto in January.

The Confederation Centre spent $100,000 for the recording. This dollar value raised eyebrows earlier this year after the centre chose not to remount the show as part of this year’s summer lineup.

While theatre officials won’t confirm it will reappear as part of the 2015 summer festival, Brazier, who is also the incoming artistic director for the Confederation Centre, has said publicly it is his goal to bring the show back and to tour it across the country.

“We’re looking for partners in order to bring Evangeline to the next level,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “We want Evangeline to have a life not only nationally and internationally, but we want it to have a life here.”

The recording of Evangeline will be available next week on iTunes, on the Confederation Centre’s website and at the theatre gift-shop, The Showcase.