DANCE THERAPY AT CHRYSTIE 141 (LABOR DAY EDITION)

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ĀGARD has started a Saturday night residency at Chrystie 141 in New York City's Lower East Side neighborhood.  The night is called Dance Therapy and is geared towards the New York party scene's grown & sexy crowd.  ĀGARD has teamed up with Chrystie 141, Blacka Di Danca, & Elliott LaRue to create a party that caters to lovers of eclectic dance music.  The NYC based DJ is known for seamlessly blurring the lines between genres.  You may hear trap mixed with funk, and a little bit of indie dance or deep house, just to give you an idea of his range.  Whether you're into Top 40, Disco, or Moombah, ĀGARD has you covered.  If you haven't been to a Dance Therapy session yet this Saturday (8/30/14) is the perfect time for you and your friends to start!

ĀGARD has started a Saturday night residency at Chrystie 141 in New York City’s Lower East Side neighborhood.  The night is called Dance Therapy and is geared towards the New York party scene’s grown & sexy crowd.  ĀGARD has teamed up with Chrystie 141, Blacka Di Danca, & Elliott LaRue to create a party that caters to lovers of eclectic dance music.  The NYC based DJ is known for seamlessly blurring the lines between genres.  You may hear trap mixed with funk, and a little bit of indie dance or deep house, just to give you an idea of his range.  Whether you’re into Top 40, Disco, or Moombah, ĀGARD has you covered.  If you haven’t been to a Dance Therapy session yet this Saturday (8/30/14) is the perfect time for you and your friends to start!

Reggae In the Age of the Internet

Everyone knows that reggae is best appreciated loud through a sound system with a stomach shuddering bass. This is not what one normally associates with music heard through the internet – the speakers on most laptops are not going to do justice to King Tubby’s dubs or Prince Far I’s vocals. However, the internet has brought lots of good things for the world of reggae and Jamaican music.

In 2010, a young Jamaican entrepreneur and computer programmer created a new reggae/dancehall computer game which was reported in The Gleaner. Alex Morrisey, who previously created the famous website jamaicanmusic.com, called the game Songwrita and hopes it will be played by fans all around the world. His earlier website is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to know about Jamaican music.

The idea behind the game is that you have to catch various song lyrics as they fall from the sky while you name the artiste – it also links in to iTunes too, so you can buy the music you like. Morrisey told The Gleaner that “I am delighted to have launched this game because dancehall and reggae music is an international entertainment staple that influences so many cultures around the world – Songwrita will definitely help to bring popularity to upcoming artistes and further establish the strength of our music around the globe – something that we are all proud of.”

This wouldn’t be the first time music has inspired a computer game. Music is found in everything from corporate blockbusters like the Grand Theft Auto games, which include lots of great tunes, to smaller games, like pocketfruity.com and Kerrang Radio‘s collaboration on Stairway to 7. Other internet entrepreneurs have looked to Facebook and other social media for inspiration rather than games. The website muzikspace.com is a Caribbean online community where people can meet other music fans and share music, images and videos. An interesting project that is currently seeking funding on the crowd funding website Kickstarter is Trendy Reggae. This is a social utility for reggae and dancehall music fans to discover new music and gigs. The app was created by Tarique Smith (based out of New York) and Calvin Brown (based in Kingston) and you can help funding it until the end of Monday May 12th 2014. Another good reggae community site is reggaelution.com, so check that out too.

There are many other good reggae themed websites – and ours should surely be right at the top – and here is one of the best: For anyone who live in the UK or Europe generally, David Rodigan‘s site rodigan.com should be a saved your bookmarks. Rodigan is a legend in the UK where he has been DJing reggae since the 70s on the radio and live, he has even won the Champion Trophy at World Clash Reset in New York in 2012. This man has a serious passion for the music.

A few other websites you can try to find music, videos or to chat to fellow reggae fans are yardflex.com which has lots of news about Jamaica in general, but music in particular; dancehallreggae.com has loads of videos and lots of forums where fans can chat with others; if you’re just after a forum dancehallareaz.com forum is a great place to chat; and if you’re just after videos reggaetopten.com has lots of good stuff.

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Christopher Martin: Secret Love (Creep) #reggaelover

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Christopher Martin: Secret Love (Creep)

Christopher Martin – Secret Love (Creep) – Artwork

Christopher Martin delivers a brand new single entitled “Secret Love (Creep)“.  Christopher just finished up a New York promo run where he made stops for interviews at Sirius XM, Randy’s Reggae Radio and Radio Lily (Miss Lily’s), before his appearance as a Co-headliner at Irie Jam’s Ladies Ball Stage Show at the legendary night club Amazura in the heart of Jamaica Queens.

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VIDEO: SKY JUICE/METROMEDIA WINS WORLD CLASH R.E.S.E.T.

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It was a thrilling night for clash fans and one of great surprise, as juggling contender Sky Juice of Metromedia won the sound industry’s most coveted competition, World Clash R.E.S.E.T.

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This iconic victory marks the first time a juggling sound won World Clash. Clash fans turned out in the droves to experience the excitement and energy of World Clash R.E.S.E.T., which was filled with historical moments, performances and music selections.

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Following Metromedia’s consistency was King Addies, who was fresh off the heels of defeating World Champions Bass Odyssey. King Addies delivered a stellar performance through out the clash, earning a spot in the “tune-fi-tune” [final round] against Metromedia.

 

Skyjuice of Metromedia with the World Clash R.E.S.E.T 2013 Trophy
Skyjuice of Metromedia with the World Clash R.E.S.E.T 2013 Trophy

All sounds brought experience, charisma and undeniable entertainment to the World Clash stage! Now you get to re-live the world’s renowned competition completely free.

Watch the video, hear the audio, see the pics!

 

FREE DOWNLOAD: ĀGARD – LIVE FROM PARK SLOPE PART 2

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As promised ĀGARD returns with his second snippet from an exclusive live set in Brooklyn, New York.  The last set was a “warm up” set.  This set starts out with a power packed Electronic Dance Music (EDM) set and moves into some Nu Disco.  Feel free to play, download, leave comments, and/or share.  Enjoy!

FREE DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE:  http://snd.sc/19DuonF

 

 

Free Download: ĀGARD – Live From Park Slope part 1

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ĀGARD, formerly known as Crisis Don, one Highlanda Sound’s founding members resurfaces on the scene in Brooklyn, New York.

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The longtime producer, DJ, and promoter has decided to share two DJ sets he did for an exclusive private event in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.

The almost two hour first set includes an hour of rare Disco re-edits from Stevie Wonder to The Bee Gees to Wham.  The set goes all the way from 70’s Disco to Major Lazer.  Listen and download the live set and let us know what you think.

Click link to download: ĀGARD – Live From Park Slope part 1

 

HIT PLAY ‘JAMAICA FAREWELL’ IN NEW YORK, June 14th – 23rd

Many of you have heard of or perhaps seen the hit play ‘Jamaica Farewell,’  which is based on a true story of struggle, courage, faith, hope and determination.

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The play has been optioned by Rita Wilson, producer of Big Fat Greek Wedding and directed by Joel Zwick who also directed the movie.

The play is returning to New York this weekend June 14-16 and next weekend June 21-23.  See the play before it hits the big screen – showtimes below!

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  • Fri, June 14th at 8pm
  • Sat, June 15th at 8pm
  • Sunday, June 16 at 3pm
  • Fri June 21 at 8pm
  • Sat June 22 at 8pm
  • Sun June 23 at 3pm

SOHO PLAYHOUSE
15 Vandam Street, New York, NY

(E or C downtown. Get off at Spring St. station use Van Dam St. exit)
Tickets are $35.00

RSVP 212-691-1555 or Sohoplayhouse.com

www.jamaicafarewelltheplay.com

Caribbean American Movers and Shakers Networking Event (PICTURES)

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This event was one of my highlights for carnival weekend in Atlanta. Look out for the Miami and New York installments of the Caribbean American Movers and Shakers Series coming soon.

Photos from Red Carpet Shelley

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Plus ++++ Revvvvv Up for Mr Vegas new single WHINE UP (vamos) and the seductive posing prowess of dancehall queens Aya versus Mad Michelle

New Mr Vegas Party Tun Up / Whine Up Video

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Shot on location in Jamaica and New York and directed by Terminal 4 Media in Kingston and J-Rockaz in the big apple, Party Tun Up hosts a cast of dancers from Russia, Europe, US, Japan and Jamaica.

This mash-up video also features Mr Vegas new single WHINE UP (Vamos) and the seductive posing prowess of dancehall queens Aya versus Mad Michelle.

Social Saturdays at Tracks Bar & Lounge

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Brooklyn – Social Saturdays

Dine,  Drink, and Dance: SOCIAL SATURDAYS @ TRACKS BAR & LOUNGE located at 1556 Ralph Avenue Between Foster & Farragut in Brooklyn, NY 11236.  Music by SNL Boyz w/ Synco & On Track, Dj Big Reef “Her Favorite,” Dj Young Star & Dj Rexo Hype.  All LADIES party FREE BEFORE 1AM. GENTS pay $10 until 1AM and $20 AFTER. DRESS TO IMPRESS! FOR VIP ACCOMMODATIONS, BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS & BOTTLE SERVICE CONTACT (347) 244-0887.

Dub Champions Festival With Scientist, Roots Radics Band, & Special Guest Johnny Osbourne

 

Scientist & Roots Radics rid NY of the Evil Curse of the Vampires! w/special guest Johnny Osbourne and opening sets from Subatomic Sound SystemDeadly Dragon Sound SystemDeejay Gravy. Details & RSVP here: http://bit.ly/SRRdcE Sign up at www.DubChampions.com for ticket discounts — at B.B. King Blues Club.

 

“True Singers: Sadiki meets Sandra Cross (UK)” Set For Worldwide Release on Sept. 4

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English: Photograph of Singer, Songwriter, Producer Sadiki (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jamaican reggae artist Sadiki and UK Lovers Rock Diva Sandra Cross will release a full-length collaborative effort, titled “True Singers: Sadiki meets Sandra Cross (UK)”, on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital distributors.

The album’s 13 tracks, features production from Japan producer machaco, Sadiki, and co-productions from Sadiki & Lloyd Campbell.

 
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Gala Offers Insight To Black British Music Culture, September 5, 2012, Canada

 

The 7th CaribbeanTales Toronto Showcase opens on Wednesday September 5, 2012, with a Gala Launch and the Canadian Premiere of the internationally celebrated Black British music documentary, The Story of Lover’s Rock.

The event kicks off with a reception at Harbourfront’s Lakeshore Terrace, sponsored by the Toronto Consulate of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, and featuring a live performance by Kobo Town a young “ole time kaiso” band led by Trinidadian Drew Gonzalez.

The Story of Lover’s Rock has already screened to sold out audiences in Great Britain, as well as to full houses at New York’s African Diaspora International Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and earlier this year at the 3rd annual CaribbeanTales in Barbados.

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Irish and Chin Solidifies Media Presence

World-renowned Dancehall promoters Irish and Chin have done it again, this time landing a weekly 6-hour block of airtime on radio, canvassing the Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Together, with streaming live on their website http://www.irishandchin.com and other affiliates, Sound Chat Radio reaches thousands of listeners every Monday between 7-10pm EST and Tuesday from 5-8pm EST.

Sound Chat Radio went live in August 2011 and is the initiative of Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne, one half of the company’s dynamic promotions duo — the other being Gilbert Murchison. Hosted by ‘Chin’, the shows thus far have scored prominent, exclusive guests, including major sound system players, legends and influential figures such as Bass Odyssey, Kilimanjaro, Black Kat, David Rodigan, Geefus, Tony Matterhorn, Downbeat, Fire Links, Black Scorpio, Jazzy T, King Jammy’s among others.

Meanwhile, top music personalities such as Cham, Lady Saw, Tifa, Elephant Man, Romain Virgo, I-Octane, Chris Martin, Lady G, Konshens, among others, have been hosted within the shows’ special interview feature called Chat Release. Other features of the shows include Singles Spotlight and Riddim Review, where newly released Dancehall/Reggae songs and rhythms as well as albums are highlighted, giving an opportunity to established as well as upcoming singers, deejays, producers to share their projects with Sound Chat Radio’s growing global audience.

Critical and controversial discussions are also a main feature of the shows’ objective such as those concerning the present state of the music. The opinions and overall experiences of Reggae/Dancehall’s industry stalwarts Donovan Germaine and Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Browne have been among the guests that continue to ensure that its programming is lively, constructive and valuable.

Sound Chat Radio has already become one of the top Caribbean programme on stations such as Red Hot and Road Block Radio. According to ‘Chin’, “It only made sense for us to further develop our media presence in order to truly capture and capitalize on what was already a huge fan following and still growing demand for the company via our branded events and promotions. So, extending to radio was a no brainer.”

Irishandchin.com has over 70 thousand registered users, earning the promoters an enviable database reach. Adding to this is their other major promotion of bringing top rated Jamaican plays to the Tri-State’s Jamaican Diaspora. Their next venture is “The Politician”, starring ‘Delcita’, ‘Shebada’, Michael ‘Stringbean’ Nicholson and Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley, written by Paul O. Beale, which is set for May 26th and 27th in Hartford, Connecticut and Queens, New York respectively.

The Irish and Chin brand is this year celebrating 15 years, during most of which they garnered respect for their heavily branded World Clash global sound system competition, as well as management of the Japanese sound system Mighty Crown who to date stands as the only sound system to have had major corporate contracts with multi-million dollar brands such as 5 sold out Nike shoe endorsements, 1 limited edition signature sneaker deal with Clae, a high end luxury footwear line based in California, and their latest being a partnership with the hugely popular Clarks.

CONTACT:

http://www.irishandchin.com

Bass Odyssey vs. Black Kat For The World Title

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Despite international visibility and fame, there is an age old debate that resonates among clash fans of which sound rules Jamaica’s countryside — Bass Odyssey or Black Kat. Hailing from the remote Jamaican territories of Saint Ann and Christiana, far from the city life of Dancehall hotbed Kingston, respectively Bass Odyssey and Black Kat have been battling over the title of Jamaica’s top country sound for years.

Now, before thousands of clash revelers at both World Clash New York R.E.S.E.T. on Saturday, April 7 (w/Fire Links, Tony Matterhorn, Poison Dart, Earth Ruler and David Rodigan) and World Clash Jamaica R.E.S.E.T. on Easter Monday, April 9 (w/Kilamanjaro, Black Blunt, Heavy Hammer, Rootsman and Code Red), these powerhouse sounds will settle the score. While the stages in New York and Jamaica will serve as battlefields, the ultimate proving ground for Bass Odyssey and Black Kat will clearly be in their homeland in front of loyal supporters at Pier One.

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Black Kat with Panther (left) Winners of Death Before Dishonor clash.

Stellar war sounds Bass Odyssey and Black Kat are synonymous with high power sound clash. Rising to prominence in the early 90’s, the sounds have cemented them selves as fixtures in the sound clash arena, generating scores of victories, a worldwide fan base and the utmost respect from fellow members of the fraternity. Known for craftily defeating legions of sounds over time, Bass Odyssey and Black Kat remain the most feared players in game. Most of today’s modern day sound systems don’t feel that they can properly reach the big leagues without facing off against these clash leaders.

It’s no secret that Bass Odyssey and Black Kat are not just dynamic sounds, but also powerhouse brands. Their names carry weight, allowing them to periodically interchange and showcase team players without losing their position or credibility. Regardless of who plays the sounds, one can almost always anticipate high caliber, strategic sound clash entertainment. Bass Odyssey also excels in juggling. Boasting the role of teacher, some of today’s most prominent sound men admit to learning or studying the tactics and careers of Bass Odyssey and Black Kat front men. Historically, one of the most heralded and praised duos in the sound clash industry consisted of DJ Mark and the late, great Squingy of Bass Odyssey.

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Squingy (RIP) and DJ Mark with the UK Cup Clash trophy

Tied with 7 World Clash victories (along with “The Far East Rulers” Mighty Crown), Bass Odyssey and Black Kat are set to come head to head on two World Clash stages in April 2012. There is intense energy among fans centered on these highly anticipated face offs. Whenever, these two giants are billed for the same event, only “helter skelter” can erupt. While Bass Odyssey boldly attacks contenders with a fusion of well structured speeches and sharp music selections, Black Kat’s team often dons smiles and sneakily strikes opponents with witty warnings and well-known dub plate anthems.

No matter one’s position on who will take home the coveted World Clash R.E.S.E.T. trophies, fans are certain that Bass Odyssey and Black Kat’s showdown will be forever written in the pages of Dancehall history. For R.E.S.E.T. New York, limited tickets are available online and in select retail outlets. R.E.S.E.T. Jamaica tickets will be available at the gate only.

Which sound system will bring home the World Clash title?

For more information please visit http://www.irishandchin.com/

 

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Sadiki and Delly Ranx – New Album “Fi Di Dancehall” In Stores Now

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Photograph of Singer, Songwriter, Producer Sadiki
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The perfect mixture of uptempo beats, smooth laid back dancehall grooves, and a seemingly endless supply of lyrics, are the major elements of “Fi Di Dancehall”.

Since the release of his New York & South Florida Reggae Chart #2 album “Lifeline”, in October of 2010, Sadiki’s dancehall fans have been left with an unfilled appetite. So Sadiki decided to “fill di gap”. He brought the idea of doing a collaborative album to the Ace DJ and producer Delly Ranx. Ranx immediately agreed. The outcome is 12 authentic Jamaican tracks, which showcase the harsh DJ vocals of Delly Ranx and the smooth, laid back (and sometimes in-between), singing vocals of Sadiki. The first single from the album “Jamaican Queen”, is already gaining massive airplay worldwide and has in fact entered the BBC World Reggae Beat Chart.

Although collaborative, singer/DJ albums have been done with great success by reggae luminaries such as Chakademus and Pliers as well as Tanto Metro and Devonte, this is the first which showcases the production and engineering talents of each artist. Focus tracks include “Jamaican Queen”, “Hero”, “Toppa Toppa”, the instant ladies anthem “Girlfriend”, and the club joint “Dancing Forever”. “Fi Di Dancehall”, features production from Delly Ranx, Sadiki, Lloyd Campbell & Jason Sterling & I Paul Gauntlet, Arif Cooper, Taranchyla & Froggy of Mad Spider Entertainment. “Fi Di Dancehall” will be released on Digital format in Japan on 1.11.11 and will be released worldwide in digital format on 2.8.11.

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I Octane New York City Press Conference and Meet & Greet

I-OCTANE PRESS CONFERENCE AND MEET & GREET

WHEN:Wednesday, January 26, 2011

TIME: 6:30 – 8pm Press Conference (Media Only)

8pm – 10pm Meet & Greet (Open to the Public)

PLACE: Negril Village Restaurant’s Rhum Lounge, 70 West 3rd Street, New York, NY

RSVP: media@triple7entllc.com or 201-981-6960
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The Celebrity Status Boat Ride

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The line outside courtesy of Haitianbeatz.com

As Synco Powers, Vlad Calixte (aka Haitian V.), and I walked up to Pier 40 I thought to myself, “this crowd can’t be for one boat ride!”  However, to my amazement, all of those people were there for DJ Stakz “Celebrity Status Bday Bash Boat Ride”.  Try saying that ten times fast.  DJ Stakz‘ annual boat ride did not disappoint.  Not only did it not disappoint, it was the best boat ride of the summer so far.  The event was promoted by Team HKNY and Hi-Profyle Entertainment.  In case you didn’t know, HKNY and Hi-Profyle are at the forefront of Haitian-American events in the New York area.  They have sold out venues such as Club Amazura, the Hammerstein Ballroom, and countless other venues throughout the area.  So DJ Stakz’ birthday event was no different.

As the boat left the dock a little after 2am you could feel the anticipation throughout the vessel.  There were two sound systems set up on the three level boat.  On the lowest level there were DJs playing strictly Kompa and Zouk.  On the third level there was a mixture of R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Soca, and Kompa.  The variety was amazing.  As DJ Stakz proclaimed later in the night, this was truly “an international boat ride.”  I spent most of my time on the third level.  The night started off with Ontrack Disco playing R&B to warm up the many ladies on board.  As the drinks were flowing and the crowd loosened up, Ontrack Disco transitioned into late 80’s Lover’s Rock reggae.  Artists such as Papa San, Shabba Ranks, and Beres Hammond were helping to build up the vibe.  As the energy built, SNL Boyz Synco and Ontrack went into a vibrant soca set.  The party had officially gotten on its way.

Ontrack Disco & Synco Powers warming up the crowd

Next up was the birthday boy himself, DJ Stakz.  I must say that Stakz definitely knew exactly how to control the crowd.  He played a Kompa set that turned the boat upside down.  The crowd seemed to sing out throughout the entire set.  Haiti pride was definitely overflowing on the Hudson River.  Every time DJ Stakz solicited for a response from the crowd they responded with  great exuberance.  It was truly a sight to see.  As DJ Stakz’ set was reaching its end, Hot 97’s Mr. Cee was preparing to come in next.  At this point I leaned over to Ontrack and said “I don’t know how Cee is going to follow that set.”  Ontrack simply replied with one word, “watch.”  I didn’t expect to see what happened next.  DJ Stakz introduced Mr. Cee and stayed on the microphone.  Mr. Cee went into a Kompa set that had the crowd in an even more intense frenzy!  After the incredible Kompa set, Mr. Cee went into a machine gun paced Hip Hop set that would not let the crowd rest for a second.  At this point I forgot about anything outside of that boat.  I didn’t think about a drink, a seat, a bathroom break, only vibes.

DJ Stakz & Hot 97’s Mr. Cee

I was surprised when the boat arrived at the dock.  I lost track of time and I could tell that my sentiment was shared by many on the boat.  Hi-Profyle and Team HKNY are set to overload Times Square on August 27th with “Kompa Rehab vs Zouk Therapy 2: The Broadway Edition”.