CD Preview: THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR (Original Cast Recording)

Post image for CD Preview: THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR  (Original Cast Recording)

by John Todd on September 21, 2018



The Boy Who Danced on Air, a musical love story set in rural Afghanistan that was seen Off-Broadway last spring, will receive an original cast recording from Broadway Records. This musical about bacha bazi — “the ancient tradition where wealthy men buy boys from poorer families, train them to dance and often sexually abuse them” — is also a story about a search for identity, freedom, and expression. The album features a bonus track by four-time Grammy Award winner India.Arie. Featuring music by Tim Rosser and book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne, the recording with the cast of the Off-Broadway production Abingdon Theater Company production is available digitally and in stores as of today.

Following a world premiere in San Diego, The Boy Who Danced on Air premiered in New York in May 2017 in a production from Abingdon Theatre Company in the June Havoc Theatre. Reprising their roles from the world premiere are Troy Iwata and The Band’s Visit’s Jonathan Raviv, along with Osh Ghanimah, Deven Kolluri, and Nikhil Saboo. Tony Speciale directed, and Nejla Yatkin choreographed the production. Music direction was by David Gardos.

Paiman and Feda have spent their young lives as dancers in the world of bacha bazi, but their chance meeting changes the course of their lives and sets them on a journey to find their independence in this musical fable about love, tradition, morality and the strength of the human spirit.

Track listing:

1. A Song He Never Chose
2. Little Dance
3. For a Night
4. All That I’ve Known
5. With Him Around Me
6. Kabul
7. Play Your Part
8. Into Your Hands
9. A Song He Never Chose (Reprise)
10. A Boy Of My Own
11. Denying the Sun
12. What You Did To Me
13. In The City
14. I Can See It
15. Paiman’s Dance
16. I Know How You Feel
17. A Song He Never Chose (Finale)
18. Feda’s Song
19. His Song (India.Arie)

photos by Maria Baranova

The Boy Who Danced on Air
Original Cast Recording
Broadway Records
released September 21, 2018 | 19 tracks | 61:02
available on Amazon, iTunes, and Broadway Records

Leave a Comment