CAST ALBUM DEBUT
The original cast album for The Civilians' off-broadway hit Pretty Filthy is now available from Sh-k-Boom Records. With a score by Michael Friedman, book by Bess Wohl, this marks John first original cast album. He can be heard singing songs about the modern day porn industry alongside fellow cast members Luba Mason, Alyse Alan Louis, Steven Rosen, Merrick Smith, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Lulu Fall, and Jared Zirilli.
The Album is available for Digital Download on iTunes here and Amazon Music.
Learn more about the album and pre-order hard copies on Sh-K-Boom's website HERE.
Here's what Sh-K-Boom has to say about the show:
Drawing on extensive interviews and research, The Civilians’ PRETTY FILTHY explores the real stories of people in the adult entertainment industry. PRETTY FILTHY – directed by Steve Cosson, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by Bess Wohl – was a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and called “winningly guileless” and “frequently hilarious” by The New York Post, as well as “one of the best musicals of 2015” by The Huffington Post.
Other Michael Friedman scores available on Ghostlight Records include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Fortress of Solitude. The recording will be produced by Michael Friedman and Kurt Deutsch with Jon Platt serving as executive producer.
The Civilians is known for its singular approach to making what it calls ‘investigative theater,’ a process in which the show’s creators immerse themselves in a subject matter, conducting extensive interviews and research. This brand of journalistic theater-making enables the company to tackle complex subjects with intelligence, humanity and humor.
Inspired by a tradition of classic musicals about show business, PRETTY FILTHY is the untold showbiz musical, based on interviews with adult entertainers. Armed with their notepads and recorders, The Civilians crossed the mountain range that divides Hollywood from the “other Hollywood”—the San Fernando Valley, world capital of porn. The creative team conducted interviews and visited sets to get an insider’s glimpse into a world that is far more than the sum of its (very) visible parts. The Civilians’ time in the Valley captured a singular time in our culture; this digital era that’s radically transformed the business of sex. PRETTY FILTHY is ultimately a story about trying to make a life and a living in an ever-changing world—a task that’s all the more complicated when your work is so intimately tied to customer “satisfaction.”