GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS and TWO RIVER THEATER have announced that the label will record the new Joe Iconis musical Love in Hate Nation for an original cast album. The recording is based on the show’s world premiere production at the Two River Theater in 2019. The label is reuniting with Iconis and Two River after their viral Broadway success with Be More Chill. Love in Hate Nation features book, music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and direction by John Simpkins. The show has music direction and vocal arrangementsby Annastasia Victory, and music supervision and orchestrationsby Charlie Rosen. The album will be produced by Joe Iconis, Ian Kagey, and Charlie Rosen, with Two River Theater and Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producers.The show is being recorded for a fall release.
Love in Hate Nation is a 1960’s-set love story about two women caught between eras of a changing America. Sixteen-year old Susannah Son is carted off to the National Reformatory for Girls (a.k.a. Nation) to get her head put on straight. There she meets the aggressively incorrigible Sheila Nail, and a relationship forms which leads to an all-out “revolution in the institution” as they attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. Girl Group Wall of Sound harmonies are filtered through a punk rock spirit in this rebellious and romantic new musical.