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Tobin Mueller: Best of the Centerstage Years

by Tobin Mueller

Two volume compilation of Tobin Mueller's best songs written for CenterStage. From children's theatre to complex adult stage productions, a breathtaking collection of entertaining, educational, emotionally charged and inspiring music.
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1. We Are the Ones (feat. Emily Rohm, Jessica Flood, Kathryn Purdy & Brianna Davis)
5:21 $0.99
2. Happy Birthday World (feat. Janet Planet)
2:31 $0.99
3. Earth: The Cradle of Life (feat. Janet Planet)
3:24 $0.99
4. Pluto: Lonely Planet on the Rim (feat. Janet Planet)
3:01 $0.99
5. We Are the Thunder Lizards (feat. Centerstage Players)
4:25 $0.99
6. Hey Tuatara (feat. Tim Dorsey)
2:43 $0.99
7. Rex Rock / Is There a Hope (feat. Jim Hart & Janet Planet)
5:02 $0.99
8. Save the Planet (feat. Emily Rohm & Centerstage Players)
4:18 $0.99
9. There's a Hole in the Sky (feat. Emily Rohm)
4:38 $0.99
10. City Heat (Abridged) [feat. Centerstage Players]
4:45 $0.99
11. Where Have You Gone (feat. Chris Vanderlinden)
3:10 $0.99
12. Who Done It? (Abridged) [feat. Justin Leath, Anton Mueller & Centerstage Players]
1:42 $0.99
13. Gave and Take (feat. Kathryn Purdy)
3:22 $0.99
14. Got to Circulate (feat. Justin Leath & Centerstage Players)
2:56 $0.99
15. Division of Labor (Abridged) [feat. Tim Dorsey]
3:03 $0.99
16. For You, For Me (Abridged) [feat. Tim Dorsey & Centerstage Players]
3:15 $0.99
17. We Are the Good Guys (feat. Tim Dorsey & Janet Planet)
3:53 $0.99
18. See Yourself Free
4:53 $0.99
19. On Your Feet (Abridged) [feat. Tim Dorsey & Joe Wise]
2:12 $0.99
20. Raggedy and Me
2:16 $0.99
21. I Want to Know (feat. Stacy Funk & Centerstage Players)
3:39 $0.99
22. The Days of Magic (feat. Rebecca Welhouse, Stacy Funk & Centerstage Players)
2:10 $0.99
23. Einstein and the Future (feat. Stacy Funk, Rebecca Welhouse & Centerstage Players)
2:41 $0.99
24. The Train
1:39 $0.99
25. Replaced by Robotics (feat. Centerstage Players)
2:35 $0.99
26. Out of the Forest (feat. Kate Brehm & Centerstage Players)
4:58 $0.99
27. Here for a Moment (feat. Emily Rohm)
5:14 $0.99
28. Let Freedom In (feat. Emily Rohm & Centerstage Players)
3:47 $0.99
29. Walls
4:10 $0.99
30. One Less Child (feat. Emily Rohm & Kathryn Purdy)
2:59 $0.99
31. In the Great Dream (feat. Angela Verrier)
4:36 $0.99
32. Sweet Liberty (feat. Jessica Flood)
2:22 $0.99
33. Frankenspell Superstar (Abridged) [feat. Jessica Flood, Emily Rohm, Chris Vanderlinden & Centerstage Players]
6:14 $0.99
34. Do I Know Him? (feat. Emily Rohm)
1:39 $0.99
35. Run Away (feat. Centerstage Players)
3:11 $0.99
36. I'm Gonna School Ya (feat. Emily Rohm, Matt Knudsen & Centerstage Players)
4:04 $0.99
37. When You Came (feat. Emily Rohm & Matt Knudsen)
2:42 $0.99
38. One Voice
5:30 $0.99
39. Bring the Fire / Over the World (feat. Jessica Flood, Tim Cunningham & Centerstage Players)
5:20 $0.99
40. Dreams (feat. Emily Rohm)
2:19 $0.99
41. I Won't Leave You (feat. Emily Rohm & Centerstage Players)
3:03 $0.99
42. What We Have Learned (feat. Emily Rohm, Centerstage Players, Chris Vanderlinden & Angela Verrier)
4:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
TOBIN MUELLER: Best of the CenterStage Years (1988-1992) is a compilation of Tobin Mueller's best songs written during the years he wrote for CenterStage Productions.

Volume One highlights Tobin Mueller’s earlier Children's Theatre educational musicals. Volume Two presents the later CenterStage years when he began writing literature-based musical dramas. The progression of complexity and theme also illustrates the maturing of the youth troupe as they grew. Three of his latter shows were adapted and expanded for Off-Broadway in the middle 1990s. Several of those newer songs, although written after 1992, are included in this compilation.

Mueller composed over 125 songs and nine plays for CenterStage. He also directed and toured each show. His involvement with UNEP and the World Youth Environmental Movement during that time culminated in his troupe being inducted into the Global 500 Roll of Honor in 1994. After transferring his energies to writing for Off-Broadway, his CenterStage musicals continued to tour under the direction of Lyn Miller until 1998. They continue to be performed by students in classroom and auditoriums world wide. (To Save the Planet alone has been performed over 600 times, on five continents, and was made into a film.)

Many of these recordings are performed by adults (CenterStage Players) with a children's chorus. Several others are performed by members the CenterStage Youth Touring Troupe themselves. A few tracks are composer demos not previously released ("Raggedy & Me", "One Voice", "Walls".) All are outtakes from Mueller's nine CenterStage plays and their derivatives: seven educational musicals, two musical dramas based on literature (the legend of Robin Hood and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein ), and two adaptations for Off-Broadway ("Freedom's First Light" and "Creature").

Featured singers: Janet Planet, Timothy Dorsey, Emily Rohm and composer Tobin Mueller. Janet Planet is a Grammy nominated jazz singer, Tim Dorsey is a jazz/pop writer-performer from Wisconsin, and Emily Rohm is a musical theatre professional from Chicago. Other featured singers include R&B singer Jessica Flood, progressive rocker Anton (Twon) Mueller, musical theatre performers Jim Hart and Rebecca Welhouse. Many additional performers from the CenterStage Theatre Troupe went on to careers in the performing arts, including Brianna Davis, Justin Leath, Stacy Funk, Holly Thomas, Kate Brehm, Kathryn Purdy and more.

These tracks are remastered by Factory Underground Studio's Tom Stewart. Since these are theatrical performances, many of the original tracks included scenes, narration, etc. Whenever possible, the talking sections have been edited out. To read lyrics, please go to Tobin Mueller's Official Website (search: tobinmueller).

NOTE: All of Mueller's full musical soundtracks are available on CDBaby. See his Artist Page.



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Kathy Parsons

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"Best of the CenterStage Years: 1988-1992" is a fascinating compilation of selections from the nine musicals by “Renaissance Man” Tobin Mueller. I have been reviewing Mueller’s music since 2005 and had heard a few songs from his musicals, but I am very honestly blown away by the scope, the variety of the music, and the research that went into each of these productions. Mueller spent a year remastering and digitizing his catalogue of musicals for this two-disc set. Disc 1 contains excerpts from his first children’s educational shows and Disc 2 is a sampling of the later CenterStage years when he was writing literature-based musical dramas, three of which were adapted and expanded for Off-Broadway in the mid-1990’s.

Children’s theater is often light and frothy - even silly - but Mueller’s musicals are well-researched, educational and presented in a manner that kids can relate to. "To Save the Planet," "Danger Dinosaurs," "Music of the Planets" and the other shows present environmental and historical information through the medium of music that is fun and catchy enough for kids to sing and remember - and to learn from. (I am also finding it to be tremendously enjoyable!)

To put this in perspective, in the 1980’s, Mueller was approached to create an educational musical for elementary school classroom use. At the time, he was composing orchestral music (symphonies and ballet) and progressive folk songs as well as accompanying his jazz-singer mother. He had never intended to write music for kids, but the success of his first educational show, "Music of the Planets" (based on standard 4th grade curriculum material), resulted in his teaming up with Kim Vanderhyden and forming CenterStage Productions, a company dedicated to integrating music into the classroom. Vanderhyden was associated with a large national school supply company and thought performing the musicals at national supply shows would help sales. The resulting touring troupe, The CenterStage Players, became an instant success and had invitations to perform all over North America. As the troupe matured, so did the level of the music Mueller was composing for them.

"To Save the Planet" (1991) was the turning point in the evolution of CenterStage. Having achieved international notoriety, the play caught the attention of the United Nations and the troupe was invited to perform on the floor of the UN Assembly. Mueller invited several NYC producers to the performance, but getting the attention of one was all it took, and the following year, To Save the Planet was filmed and the first of Mueller’s musicals was being staged Off- Broadway. Mueller continued to participate in UNEP’s environmental activities and he and The CenterStage Players were inducted into UNEP’s Global 500 Roll of Honor in 1994.

Mueller not only wrote the music, book and lyrics for each show, he directed, choreographed and recorded all of the background music as well. He eventually handed off the touring duties to others and changed his focus to more adult themes. "Robin Hood" was adapted for adults and retitled "Freedom’s First Light" (1994). "Frankenspell Superstar" had two adaptions: "Creature: The Man-Made Messiah" (1995) and then "Creature" (1997). Mueller went on to write additional musical dramas unrelated to CenterStage, including "Runners In A Dream" (2005) which is set in the Holocaust. He has also released more than twenty albums since then, ranging from jazz to classical to progressive rock.

"Best of the CenterStage Years" is the only compilation of Tobin Mueller’s musicals available in CD format. The full album and individual songs are also available in digital format. Prepare to be impressed!