Hit show My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?), which is opening at the Garrick Theatre in London in October, is to release a cast recording.
Theatre music label Westway is producing its first original cast recording, with the My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) album set to be released on 21 October 2022.
Written by and starring Rob Madge, My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?) is a joyous autobiographical story that sees Rob as his 12-year-old self recreate a Disney parade they mounted for their Grandma.
After sharing archive clips of the parade on social media during lockdown, Rob then turned the idea into a show, with songs written for the production by Pippa Cleary (Adrian Mole). It premiered at the Turbine Theatre, won a What’s On Stage Award, and proved a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.
A single from the album, ‘We Will Be Loved Anyway’, featuring guest singers Jessica Aubrey, Kayla Carter, Pippa Cleary, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Isaac Hesketh, Jordan Lee Davies, Carl Man, Vinnie Monachello and B Terry, will get a digital release on 7 October 2022.
Rob Madge said: “I am so thrilled that the music of My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) is going to be released in the form of this album. As an avid collector of every West End musical cast recording growing up, the idea that our songs will now be released not only digitally but also physically makes me so very proud. As well as the music of My Son’s A Queer, I am delighted to say this album will feature exclusive bonus content,including extended monologues from the show and audio from a personal favourite of the home videos that appear. These songs hold a very special place in the hearts of Pippa and I and we have always dreamed of being able to share them – we never imagined we’d get to do it like this! I’m so proud to share with you all the extraordinary work of Pippa Cleary, Simon Nathan as well as the exceptional talent of our musicians, engineers, mixers and singers. I hope this album sings to that child within that fell in love with the art of theatre in the first place and reminds you of the magic that can happen ‘when the stage is your living room’. Anything is possible!”
Westway MD Neil O’Brien said: “I am incredibly excited that our first original cast release is a new piece of musical theatre and one that has already had great success at London’s Turbine Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe. With a West End transfer and exciting prospects for the future I wish Rob, Pippa, Simon and all the wonderful musicians and creatives involved in the project the very best – I hope it brings happiness to the world!!”
The Westway label was formed in 2020 and has so far released music by Ramin Karimloo, Samantha Barks, Lee Mead, Cassidy Janson, Joe Stilgoe and Rachel John.