The eerie sound of the theremin – an electronic musical instrument patented in 1928 by its eponymous inventor and controlled by the movement of the hands of its player, without making any physical contact – sets the otherworldly mood for Falling in Love with Mr. Dellamort. The new audio musical thriller debuts on Friday, July 30, on the Broadway Podcast Network (BPN), a leader in audio theater productions and a treasure house of entertainment offerings throughout the pandemic closure of live in-person performance venues.
In addition to the uncanny music of the theremin, the distinctive audio experience will transport listeners into the mysterious story via Foley-style sound effects and an original pop score, as three lost souls receive an unexpected invitation to spend New Year’s Eve at the remote South Carolina guest house of Maison Dellamort (“House of the Dead”) with the peculiarly magnetic host “to die for,” who possesses a secret power.
The radio-play adaptation by Jack Feldstein, of the original work by Feldstein (book and co-lyrics) and Paul Doust (music and co-lyrics), presents an evocative take on the classic themes of unrequited love, mortality, and deception. It is performed by an all-star cast of Broadway luminaries, led by James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) as the strangely attracting titular character and Courtney Reed (Aladdin’s original Princess Jasmine) as Sue Grimshaw. They are supported by the stellar voice acting of Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray), and Telly Leung (Aladdin; Glee), with narration by Gavin Lee (Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical).
The cast, under the direction of Ella Jane New, is backed by an eight-piece band (Stephan Fillare on violin, Brian Sanders on cello, Clyde Daley on trumpet, Lena Gabrielle on piano, John J. Barry on guitar, Billy Smolen on bass, Derek Swink on drums, and featuring Dorit Chrysler on the enigmatic theremin), with music supervision and orchestrations by Gabrielle, additional orchestrations by Paul Doust, and arrangements by Gabrielle and Doust.
As with all of BPN’s presentations, you can expect the highest professional quality and technical excellence. The production features a top-notch sound design by Cricket S. Myers, audio mixing by Myers, Christina Lee, Matthew Shane, and Elisabeth Weidner, and final mix and mastering by Lee, with Weidner serving as dialogue editor.
Be sure to tune in to the Broadway Podcast Network on Friday, July 30, for the release of Act One of Falling in Love with Mr. Dellamort. Acts Two and Three will follow on consecutive Fridays (August 6 and August 13). For more information, visit the show’s website. In the meantime, you can listen to the original cast recording, available now wherever digital music is sold, and at Broadway Records.