This is the 2nd of 11 posts about our project, Give My Regards to Broadway: Classic Showtunes Reimagined.
Our second track is "Getting Married Today" from Stephen Sondheim's "Company".
This one's our Broadway track, with an arrangement by Scott Wasserman (Ableton Programmer for "Hamilton"), Lead Vocals by Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in "Hamilton"), and the hook is sung by Travis Kent (Ensemble in "Disaster")!
This was probably the most obvious updated arrangement, with the original being a spoken patter song. Scott and I met up and I pitched him the project, and it was mostly a shot in the dark (Scott's an insanely busy person, currently working on "Dear Evan Hansen"), and was happily surprised to find that he was free right in the slot that we were doing most of the work on this! We immediately got to work on the arrangement, and Scott came back with this awesome club feel that became the basis for the track.
Travis was one of the first people asked to perform on this album. He and I worked together in 2012 doing "My Fair Lady" at the Merry-Go-Round, and he keeps popping up in incredible web projects. His "Sherlock: Season 3: The Musical" is hilarious (with Travis playing the eponymous detective), and he is also the lead in the brilliant "Burning Man: The Musical". Check out both, like yesterday. So he came immediately to mind. I wasn't sure on the rap, however, I'd talked to a couple people that I knew, but nothing was feeling right, and then Scott mentioned offhandedly that Oak might be interested and my brain melted. Sure enough, he enthusiastically signed on the next day and I knew we had a club hit on our hands.
Scott designed the beats at home, but we recorded vocals and mixed the track at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn under the brilliant thumb of Harper James. One day in February, Travis and Oak came in and laid down some brilliance. Over the next couple weeks Scott, Harper, and I met up to mix it down, and from a technical standpoint, this one was one of the more complicated mixes in the project. There are tons of effects, so many different sounds and styles permeating throughout the piece, and it flies at a lightning pace. Lots of time was spent in a room with the three of us working to perfect a sound, or make sure certain sounds were heard, and carefully adjusting the minute details of the piece.
Check out all the tracks at www.neddonovan.com/GMRTB
Scott Wasserman and Okieriete Onaodowan (ft. Travis Kent) - Getting Married Today
From the musical "Company"
Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim
Arrangement by Scott Wasserman
Recorded at Degraw Sound
Produced by Scott Wasserman
Executive Producer - Ned Donovan (neddonovan.com)
Mixed by Harper James (harperjamesmusic.com)
Mastering by Steven “SolidGold” Goldman at Four Legs Records (fourlegsrecords.com)
Programming - Scott Wasserman (scott-wasserman.com)
Vocals - Okieriete Onaodowan
Vocals - Travis Kent (traviskent.co)
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