80’s TV Series MacGyver Breaks Through into the Musical World with New World Premiere Album: Macgyver: The Musical

(New York, NY) Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 -Award-winning MacGyver: The Musical releases its much-anticipated world premiere album featuring Broadway and TV Stars. It will be released for digital and CD purchases on Friday, January 27th. Preorders for the digital version and CD will be available the first week of January 2023. Each album pre-order will unlock two songs from the show, available for immediate download on iTunes only. iTunes preorder link will be available soon.

The album release follows the widely acclaimed 2022 world premiere run of the musical in Houston, Texas which received Houston Press’ ‘Best New Musical’ award.

Joining the explosive cast of MacGyver: The Musical is Broadway star Taylor Louderman of Bring It On: The Musical, Kinky Boots, and Mean Girls for which she received a 2018 Tony Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, and who gives a groundbreaking performance of the song ‘MacGyver My Heart’

Also on the bill is Tony, Emmy, & Grammy Award Nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, known for Broadway roles in The Color Purple, Motown: The Musical, and Hamilton, who lights up the album with his solo on ‘Drink Drink Drink!’

And Tristin Mays, star of the recent MacGyver TV series reboot, joins the MacGyver: The Musical album with a fiery solo ‘Too Much Future’ a protest song which centers around the show’s protagonist – a punk rock singer in an underground band who, inspired by Mac, helps stop the invasion of West Berlin, brings down the Berlin Wall, and prevents World War III.  Says Tristin, “Even though ‘Too Much Future’ has to do with the storyline of the show, it really resonates with me because it means you can’t say anything that’s going to change who I am—Like in my favorite line, ‘But they won’t break us ‘cause we have heard the call.’— I know who I am now and I know what my calling is… it just makes me want to scream it out!” 

Regarding fans of the series- “I think that they should all hear it,” says Tristin of the Macgyver: The Musical album. “I honestly can’t wait for all the MacGyver fans to find out about this project… I’m looking forward to sharing it.”

Also, in keeping with the spirit of the show, in which the lead role of MacGyver is cast out of the audience in every performance, the producers ran a national contest on Broadway World to find who would sing the MacGyver role on the album which was won by a stellar performance from newcomer R.J. Christian.

The album comes from the creative genius of its Executive Producer Lee Zlotoff, creator of the original MacGyver TV series and co-writer of the MacGyver: The Musical book with Kate Chavez, Robin Holloway, and Lindsey Hope Pearlman, with music and lyrics by Peter Lurye. Zlotoff said, “I wanted to create a truly interactive and immersive live experience that a whole family or community could share together rather than something that one could just look at on another screen by themselves.”

The music producer of the album is Michael J. Moritz, a Tony and Emmy Award winner, and Grammy Award nominee, who says “This record has so many songs that are ear-worms, many of them stick with me. Some of the innately German stuff is very fun [i.e. ‘Welcome to East Berlin’], but I also like some of the straight-on rock stuff— ‘We Are The Tools’ and the ‘MacGyver Theme Song’… I think it’s fantastic. I think fans of musical theater and fans of MacGyver will certainly like the album. It’s a really great record.”

Through 16 incredible original songs presented by world-renowned performers and creatives, MacGyver: The Musical album will transport you to a world where anything is possible if you just put your mind to it, and maybe add some duct tape. 

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WHO

TAYLOR LOUDERMAN

Taylor Louderman made her Broadway debut originating the role of Campbell Davis in Bring It On: The Musical by Lin Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, and Amanda Green. She went on to play Lauren in Kinky Boots on Broadway, and most recently originated the role of Regina George in Tina Fey's Mean Girls on Broadway for which she received a 2018 Tony Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She currently plays 'Tami' on NBC's KENAN alongside Kenan Thompson. Other television credits: The Good Fight (CBS), Sunny Day (NickJr), Evil (CBS), Peter Pan Live! (NBC), and High Maintenance (HBO). Taylor wrote a teen musical with pals Hannah Kloepfer and Nat Zegree which premiered in 2019 at Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, Missouri. She also founded the Write Out Loud songwriting competition for young, new Musical Theatre writers. Taylor volunteers at Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, MO where she participated in her first professional show at the age of ten.

BRANDON VICTOR DIXON

Brandon Victor Dixon is an American actor, singer and theatrical producer. As a musical theatre actor, he is known for Tony Award-nominated Broadway performances as Harpo in the 2005 musical The Color Purple and Eubie Blake in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed (2016). He originated both roles, as well as the leading role of Berry Gordy Jr. in Motown: The Musical (2013) on Broadway, which earned a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. In 2016, Dixon assumed the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway company of Hamilton. Off-Broadway as well as in London's West End, Dixon played the role of Hayward Patterson in The Scottsboro Boys and was nominated for a 2014 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.

As a producer, Dixon's credits include Broadway revivals of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Of Mice and Men (2014); the former won the 2014 Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for best revival of a musical. In 2018, Dixon portrayed Judas Iscariot in NBC's live concert version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, for which he received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

TRISTIN MAYS

Tristin Mays is an American actress best-known for her portrayal of Riley Davis in the reboot of the MacGyver series on CBS from 2016 to 2021, which has quickly become a global sensation.  Although she is most popular for her TV and Film projects, Tristin is not new to musicals… As a seven-year-old in 1997, she was cast in and performed as Young Nala in The Lion King on Broadway.

Her other television credits include a starring role as Shaina on Nickelodeon’s Gullah, Gullah Island (1994), as Jenise Huckstable on Everybody Hates Chris (2005), and the multi-personality bully Bernice on Nickelodeon's Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (2004). She also appeared on Disney XD's Zeke and Luther (2009) as Monica Lopez, Big Time Rush (2009) as Stephanie King, True Jackson, VP (2008) as Hailey, Disney XD's Kickin' It (2011) as Vanessa Love, Alias (2001) as Robin Dixon, Private(2009) as Taylor Bell, Supergirl (2015) as Paulina, and The Vampire Diaries (2009) as Sarah Nelson. Tristin was once in a singing group called Jane3. The group was signed to Jive/Zomba records with a single produced by T-Pain and Marques Houston called "Screensaver."

Tristin's film work includes a starring role as Isabel Sanchez in Thunderstruck (2012), alongside Taylor Gray and NBA star Kevin Durant. She also starred in House Party: Tonight's the Night (2013) as Autumn Rose.

RJ CHRISTIAN

RJ Christian is a Singer, Actor, Composer-Lyricist, and TikToker. He graduated from NYU Steinhardt with a BM in Vocal Performance. During the pandemic, RJ created a musical TikTok account (@RJtheComposer) that now has 104k followers and contributed music and lyrics to the Ratatouille TikTok Musical, a fundraiser for the Actors Fund that raised over $2 million. He also co-wrote the song "Beyond the Dome" for the musical For You Paige, the first ever TikTok Commissioned live theatre event. RJ is also co-head of TheHeartyMeal, the theatre company behind Morbin' Time: The Morbius Parody Musical.

LEE DAVID ZLOTOFF

Lee David Zlotoff is an award-winning writer, producer, and director of film and television. In addition to creating the original MacGyver TV series, he also wrote and directed the indie hit film The Spitfire Grill which won the coveted Audience Award at the Sundance film festival and has also become a successful musical with over 700 productions. More recently, he is the author of the best-selling book The MacGyver Secret: Connect to your Inner MacGyver and Solve Anything as well as MacGyver: Meltdown, the first installment of a new MacGyver fiction series. Lee is also the Executive Director of The MacGyver Foundation which is funded by a portion of the proceeds from all the MacGyver projects. This is his first foray into trying his hand at musical theater. For more about Lee and all things MacGyver, please visit www.macgyver.com

KATE CHAVEZ

Kate Chavez is a writer, director and actress with degrees from Brown University and the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). She has worked in theatre throughout the US and Europe with a variety of organizations including the Foundry Theatre in New York, Pig Iron Theatre in Philadelphia, and y artes and Expresion Entrenamiento Integral in Madrid, Spain, Ms. Chavez is co-artistic director of Up & Down Theatre Company, based in NM and New York. As an actress, she can be seen most recently in Outer Range(Amazon Studios), Roswell (The CW) and Better Caul Saul (AMC). She is the executive director of the Harwood Arts Center in Albuquerque, NM.

ROBIN HOLLOWAY

Robin Holloway co-founded Up & Down Theatre Company, a trio of performers specializing in creating short-form and long-form musical comedy. As a performer, Robin has appeared at Chicago Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London. As an actor, he recently appeared in seasons 4 & 5 of AMC’S Better Call Saul.

LINDSEY HOPE PEARLMAN

Lindsey Hope Pearlman is a playwright, director and actor specializing in new plays and musicals. She recently received a 2022 New York State Council for the Arts commission for her new play ROAR!. Her play Lucy received an EST/Sloan Commission, and her play Viv for Vengeance received Honorable Mention at the American Playwriting Foundation Relentless Awards. Her play Cassandra Complex was developed by Barn Arts Collective. Notable new musicals she’s worked on: Bandstand, A Sign of Times, SuperYou, Leap of Faith, Only Gold, Other World, The Space Dogs of the Cosmodrome, Slaughterhouse Five, Old Souls, Zodiac Math, Jawbreaker, and many more. Drama League NY Directing Fellow 2019-2020. With Kate Chavez and Robin Holloway, she founded Up & Down Theatre. From 2011-2016 the trio performed an annual political satire musical cabaret entitled Winning The Future. The trio won MoveOn.org’s Laughter Trumps Hate competition with their viral video hit Make America Great Again, and were selected as finalists for the 2019 Yes And! Laughter Lab. Their original musical The Dinner Table was developed at the Johnny Mercer Writer’s Colony in 2017. They also once ran together through a landfill dressed as superheroes while shooting a music video to combat climate change. London International School of Performing Arts, Hamilton College. www.Lindseyhopepearlman.com

PETER LURYE

Peter Lurye is best known for his work as a songwriter and composer for television. TV theme songs: The Magic School Bus, My Life As A Teenage Robot, Gullah Gullah Island, Bear In The Big Blue House, Peter Rabbit, Gaspar and Lisa, Stanley, Out Of The Box, Jungle Junction, Disney’s Teacher’s Pet, and Eureeka’s Castle; as well as hundreds of TV episode songs and scores. Awards: BMI TV Music Award, Backstage Bistro Award (cabaret awards for Special Material), two Emmy Award nominations, two Annie Award nominations, one CableAce Award nomination. Disney Park shows (music and lyrics): Cinderellabration(Tokyo Disney), Halloween Daydream (Tokyo Disney), Halloween Daydream (Tokyo DisneySea). Animagique (Disneyland Paris). Film: Emperor’s New Groove 2 (Opening song), Alchemy (score) and A Little Game (score). Peter’s songs have been recorded by Little Richard, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dolly Parton, Nathan Lane, Baha Men, Chita Rivera, Jason Alexander, Lily Tomlin, Luther Vandross, Wynonna, Alan Cumming, Jewel, Mel Brooks, Megan Hilty, and Riders In The Sky, and now the cast and special guests of the MacGyve:r The Musical album.

MICHAEL J. MORITZ

Michael J. Moritz is a Grammy Award nominee, Tony Award winner, an Emmy Award winner, American theatrical producer, record producer, music supervisor, music director, arranger, Broadway music supervisor, performer and pianist.

Most recently, Michael received the 2019 Tony Award for Best Musical as a co-producer for Broadway's Hadestown and the 2017 Emmy Award for Audio for his work on From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando. He also received both TONY and Olivier award nominations as a co-producer for Broadway/West End's Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Other notable Broadway producing credits include Big Fish, A Night With Janis Joplin, On The Town, and The Velocity of Autumn. Michael has musically directed 200+ theatrical productions throughout the US and UK. Known as the ‘Musical Director to the Stars,’ Michael has received high praise for his music direction and performance piano work in both Broadway and Pop arenas.

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