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Toronto: Soulpepper’s musical “Rose” receives the New York Festivals Radio Award’s Gold Medal

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Soulpepper Theatre Company is incredibly pleased to share that the Original Cast Recording of Soulpepper’s inspiring original musical Rose has received the New York Festivals Radio Awards Gold Medal for Best Children’s Audio Book. Rose, the uplifting musical about perseverance, identity, and adventure, was created by Soulpepper Academy graduates and company members Sarah Wilson and Slaight Family Director of Music Mike Ross (co-creator of Spoon River, NYF Radio Awards Silver Medal, 2016). The award-winning Original Cast Recording of Rose is available on iTunes and Spotify

With entries from over 40 countries, this year’s New York Festivals Radio Awards presented a remarkable global competition, including submissions from massive digital producers like CBC, BBC, and Audible. The recognition of the Gold Medal is a great achievement for the ambitious original musical, and a testament to the tremendous work of the talented local artists involved who made the World Premiere of Rose such a success. The New York Festivals Gold Medal is another accolade for the four-time Dora Award-winning musical Rose, which led in the 2019 Dora Awards with 11 nominations. 

“In this moment, where we are thinking about how we can connect our communities through stories, I am so appreciative that our cast recording of Rose is out there to inspire and entertain everyone from age 5 - 105 in their homes,” said Weyni Mengesha, Artistic Director of Soulpepper. “This international recognition continues to expand and solidify the Canadian footprint in the musical theatre landscape.”

Under the direction of Gregory J. Sinclair (Afghanada, Trust, Inc. for CBC Radio), Soulpepper has proudly built an international award-winning catalogue of digital programming that has garnered listeners from over 50 countries. This is the fifth consecutive year Soulpepper has been recognized at the New York Festivals Radio Awards: Rose Original Cast Recording - Gold Medal 2020; A Christmas Carol Audiobook - Gold Medal 2019; The Complete 150 - Finalist 2018; Alligator Pie - Gold Medal 2017; Spoon River - Silver Medal 2016.

“Capturing this cast album, with all of its musical and lyrical complexity, and complete with its live performance virtuosity, energy and heart, is a testament to the unique qualities of the Soulpepper ensemble. It’s an extraordinary accomplishment,” said Gregory J. Sinclair, Album Producer. 

Listen to the award-winning Original Cast Recording of Rose on iTunes and Spotify

Original Cast Recording
Music and Book by Mike Ross
Lyrics and Book by Sarah Wilson
From Gertrude Stein’s The World is Round

Recorded and Produced By: Gregory J. Sinclair
Mixed By: Doug McClement
Featuring: Troy Adams, Michelle Bouey, Alana Bridgewater, Frank Cox-O’Connell, Oliver Dennis, Raquel Duffy, Jonathan Ellul, Peter Fernandes, Hailey Gillis, Scott Hunter, Raha Javanfar, John Millard, Sabryn Rock, James Smith, and Adam Warner.