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The View From Here - a musical

by Shonn Wiley, Timothy Huang

Original cast recording of the musical The View From Here; traditional theatre music meets jazz meets contemporary pop theatre.
Genre: Easy Listening: Musicals/Broadway
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prelude
Shonn Wiley
3:07 $0.99
2. Six Flights / First Letter to Kelly: The View From Here
Shonn Wiley
5:28 $0.99
3. Message One: Verizon Girl
Shonn Wiley
0:28 $0.99
4. Five Days / Unstoppable
Shonn Wiley
7:35 $0.99
5. Message Two: Debt Free Man
Shonn Wiley
0:20 $0.99
6. Second Letter to Kelly: Only Words
Shonn Wiley
5:01 $0.99
7. Message Three: Danish Heidi
Shonn Wiley
0:29 $0.99
8. How Do People Do This Every Day?
Shonn Wiley
3:18 $0.99
9. Message Four: Fable Land Girl
Shonn Wiley
0:21 $0.99
10. Third Letter to Kelly: Don't Ask Why
Shonn Wiley
13:43 $0.99
11. Conversation with Sam
Shonn Wiley
2:17 $0.99
12. The Wanderer
Shonn Wiley
6:31 $0.99
13. A Little Part of Every Day (Instrumental)
Shonn Wiley
1:53 $0.99
14. A Little Part of Every Day
Shonn Wiley
3:49 $0.99
15. Message Five: Father and Son
Shonn Wiley
1:42 $0.99
16. Promise / Last Letter to Kelly: Love Always
Shonn Wiley
5:50 $0.99
17. Promise (Demo Version Sung by composer)
Shonn Wiley
4:35 $0.99
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Album Notes

From award winning writer Timothy Huang comes a new one-act musical featuring an award winning performance by Shonn Wiley!

A nameless novelist arrives in New York intent on getting his first book published. As he recounts his daily misadventures in a series of letters to his girl back home, we see through his eyes the colorful eccentric, vibrant and wildly bizarre characters that make up his new life, and the tragic events that make up his old one.

Ron Cohen of Backstage says:

"...this one-man musical plays like a fresh variation on 'Wonderful Town' propelled by stunning music and a tremendously appealing solo performance by Shonn Wiley. Timothy Huang's score boasts masterful plot- and character-driven songs and comedic set pieces... Some have a contemporary throb, but others have a haunting melodic quality that seems torn from the annals of the Great American Songbook, populated by such folks as George Gershwin and Harold Arlen..."

Matthew Murray of Talkin Broadway says:

"...songs like the wistfully romantic 'A Little Part of Every Day', the energetic and driving 'Five Days' and 'Unstoppable' and the exhaustedly resigned 'How Do People Do This Every Day' superbly define his ever-evolving character...a familiar depiction of New York and a singular realization of this man's experiences there... often so effortlessly moving and openhanded that you feel as if you're being granted a forbidden peek into this man's psyche..."


Shonn Wiley made his Broadway debut in the original cast of the Tony Award winning revival, 42nd St. He understudied the coveted role of Billy Lawlor, and shortly after opening, performed the role, catching the attention of producers and theatergoers alike. After completing his run on Broadway, Shonn was asked to star as Billy Lawlor in the groundbreaking Moscow production of 42nd St. Receiving rave reviews for his performance, Shonn became the first Broadway leading man to perform an American musical in Russia.

In fall of 2004, Shonn originated the role of Dr. Jack Seward on Broadway in Frank Wildhorn’s highly anticipated musical Dracula at the Belasco Theater. Shonn also played Younger Brother in the critically acclaimed production of Ragtime at the Papermill Playhouse. He can also been seen on CBS’s Guiding Light in a recurring role as Young Josh Lewis. In Fall of 2006, Shonn wrapped principal photography on the independant film, Tiny Dancer, featuring One Life to Live's Melissa Gallo.

Shonn graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Acting from the School of Drama. He is the recipient of The Thomas Auclair Memorial Scholarship and The Adelyne Roth Levine Memorial Award in Acting.


Timothy Huang has performed in theatre, film and TV in and around the New York area since getting his BFA in acting from NYU/Tisch and CAP21 in 1997.

Screen credits include appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, SNL, Free Country (Jason Kim), The Accident (with Amy Acker and Sarah Clarke) and HBO's award winning Mafia drama, The Soprano's.

Prior to The View From Here, Timothy wrote book and lyrics for the one act musical And Then There Were Two with composer Carl Fernstrum, and music for the one acts Breathing Mars with playwright Liz Duffy Adams and Kissing Nick with playwright Catherine Ward. His full length musical, And the Earth Moved, inspired by the tragic earthquake which struck Taipei in 1999 was a finalist for the National Music Theatre Network's New Voices Prize in 2004 and won the audience award for the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival, which hosted its premiere production. It has since toured extensively in the U.S. and Asia.



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I saw this show in New York and fell in love...
I saw this show in New York and fell in love, how excited was I to find it on CD! If you love Musical Theatre but are not familar with this show or the Composer Timothy Huang, trust me you won't be dissapointed. (Track 4 Five Days / Unstoppable is my favorite)

Andy Propst,

a grand variety of musical styles put together with panache and some terrific wi
An entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival in '05, this show with music and lyrics by Timothy Huang takes the well-worn tale of a naïf new to New York and puts a charmingly fresh and often very amusing spin on it. "View" is a musical sung by one performer who's joined by another "character" – the street musician on the corner (Tim Byrnes provides the melancholy trumpet wails). The show's hero is played by Shonn Wiley, who uses his tenor voice to great effect. You smile when he's excited or flustered and when the writer is down, well, somehow, your emotions go right along with him. If a couple of Huang's lyrics don't work, it's easily forgivable because overall this sounds to be such a strong piece of writing – a grand variety of musical styles put together with panache and some terrific wit ("Actually, it was Amtrak, there was no turnip truck involved," replies the character at one point in answer to some unheard query). It should be interesting to see "View" resurfaces in production – until then, this is a great way to experience it.

Rob Lester of Talkin'

Impressive, touched, amused, entertaining and riveting!
My view on The View From Here is that it is impressive. I am not only impressed, but also touched, amused and - because of a dramatic turn in plot and tone that comes out of left field near the end - startled. The admirable music and lyrics are by Timothy Huang, all written to be sung by one performer. The task is handled with dignity and flair by the talented Shonn Wiley. He is sympathetic and engaging, sounding fully invested in the role throughout the recording.

Composer-lyricist Timothy Huang's numbers for this tale of a writer (this one does not find acceptance) in New York City alternate in mood. Some have hopes raised, some have hopes dashed. Even in the dashing there is variety, expressed as despair or humor. Shonn, who has been seen on Broadway in the 42nd Street revival and Dracula and in Ragtime at the Papermill Playhouse, is versatile. With an plaintive ache in his tenor voice, he can portray loneliness; pouncing on the jazzier rhythms, he embodies sunny good spirits. Using his acting skills and comic timing, he's particularly good at expressing the writer's boiling frustrations encountering annoying people and the hurdles of big city life. What really comes through is the humanity of the character. It's an honest performance as well as an entertaining and riveting one. Through vulnerability without self-pity, plus a healthy dose of charm, Shonn grabs the listener's interest and heart.

In reality, it's not quite a one-man musical show. The character of a street musician with whom the writer interacts, is present: his reactions are expressed solely through his trumpet playing. Tim Byrnes is the trumpeter and adds musical flavor and personality. Likewise, musical director David Epstein, playing piano throughout, does marvelous things. His sensitive work with nuanced timing goes way beyond simple accompaniment: his figures set moods, make comments and at times are a driving force. There are no other musicians on the recording, which is well produced by Michael Cassara (its casting director), Meredith Patterson (who was associate producer of the production) and the songwriter (who co-wrote the book with director Elizabeth Lucas).

Song highlights include the ebulliently catchy "Unstoppable" and "Don't Ask Why," a tour de force story song about the day job from hell. The powerful ending number, "Promise," is ardently sung by the star and then (in a bonus track) the songwriter provides a double dose of catharsis and philosophy. Hopefully, the hopeful View From Here will be seen again soon and sounds like it would be well worth a look. Likewise, be on the lookout for more from songwriter Timothy Huang and a standout singer-actor, Shonn Wiley.