New music label Center Stage Records has been launched to record and produce cast albums for West End, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
Tony and Grammy Award-winning producer Van Dean is behind the new venture. Dean was previously co-creator of Broadway Records, which he sold to Cutting Edge Group in 2020.
Center Stage Records will also release concept recordings and solo albums from Broadway and West End actors.
The new label already has over 24 new titles to release in 2024, and plans to collaborate with Broadway Records, with Center Stage managing and distributing over 60% of their current titles.
British producer Jamie Chapman Dixon (Treason The Musical, Kinky Boots, Wonderville), co-founder of UK producers Carter Dixon McGill, will serve as Executive Director at Center Stage’s soon-to-be-opened London office.
Also Broadway Records exec Robbie Rozelle will move to become Center Stage’s artists and repertoire director.
Van Dean won a Tony Award in 2012 for his production involvement with The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. His other Broadway productions include Jagged Little Pill, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Evita, and How to Dance in Ohio.
Broadway Records has partnerships including the National Theatre. Current releases include a single of ‘Get Up’ from the National’s The Witches, the Guys and Doll’s 2023 London cast recording, and last year’s West End run of Bonnie & Clyde The Musical.