Cast album NOW released!
The Cambodian Rock Band Cast Recording is finally here for us all to relive the show through the music of Lauren Yee's beautiful play, and we are overjoyed! Go ahead and take a break or go for a spirited stroll—find the album on your favorite streaming platform and listen to the music from this moving Cambodian-American story of hope, hardship and resilience. The album is produced by Michael Croiter and Matthias Winter. It is now available at Yellow Sound Label, on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and wherever music is sold.
Cambodian Rock Band has touched so many people across the nation, and we're grateful for the artists involved in earlier workshops and productions who played a part in Cambodian Rock Band’s journey. In recognizing that the phrasing of "original cast album" can be misconstrued as excluding that journey, we are referring to this simply as a cast recording, one that will reach many more for years to come.
“We are thrilled to be able to share something joyful at this moment. The messages in Signature resident playwright’s award-winning Cambodian Rock Band around resilience and perseverance is so resonate today, Lauren’s unique play will now live on not only through the script, but also through these exciting songs — which had audiences literally dancing by the end of the show.”
– Paige Evans, Artistic Director
“Recording Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band will expose the play and the music it celebrates to audiences beyond our theatre. To be able to share this with everyone outside of those who saw the show at the Pershing Square Signature Center is just another way that we are able to deliver on our core value of access, which is more important now than ever.”
– Harold Wolpert, Executive Director
New York Premiere
Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia's most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Directed by Chay Yew, the New York premiere of this intimate rock epic about family secrets is set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history. It launches Steinberg Award-winning playwright Lauren Yee’s Residency 5.
"Good old rock ’n’ roll, Cambodian-style. Clap your hands, everybody, and sing along!"
- The New York Times
"FABULOUS! The first great play of 2020."
"Powerful! A killer Khmer-language rock show."
- New York Magazine
"Wittily funny, wonderfully complex, and deeply moving."
- New York Theatre Guide
Cambodian Rock Band is generously supported by The Umami Fund, in memory of Carol Hall.
Cambodian Rock Band was commissioned and first produced by South Coast Repertory with support from Time Warner Foundation.
This play is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. Developed with support from The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA.
Cambodian Rock Band is supported, in part, by The Lupin Foundation.
Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and The Michael and Betty Rauch Fund for Residency 5 for their generous support of the Residency 5 program.