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The Brain From Planet X - Original Cast Recording

by The Brain From Planet X

The original cast album of The Brain From Planet X, a hilarious and affectionate send-up of bad sci-fi movies from the 50s - the LA Times called it "Wildly funny".
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1. Introduction Benjamin Clark
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2. The Brain From Planet X Benjamin Clark and Company
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3. Here On Earth Lauren Rubin and Kevin Spirtas
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4. Strange Occurance/Newspaper Headlines Company
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5. Good Girl/Bad Girl Merrill Grant and Grady Williams
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6. The Plan Egbert Bernard, Alet Taylor, Cason Murphy
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7. The World Of Tomorrow Kevin Spirtas
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8. The Global News Company
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9. The Plan (reprise) Egbert Bernard, Alet Taylor, Cason Murphy
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10. Things Are Gonna Be Changing Around Here Kevin Spirtas and Lauren Rubin
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11. Saucers In The Sky Company
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12. Now! Company
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13. Entr'Acte Band
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14. The Brain From Planet X (reprise) Benjamin Clark and Company
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15. The Brain Tap Company
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16. I Need An Earthman Alet Taylor
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17. The Will-Bent News Company
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18. Who Would Have Thought? Merrill Grant
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19. The Brain's Song Egbert Bernard
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20. Independence Day Lauren Rubin and Kevin Spirtas
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21. All About Men Cason Murphy
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22. Finale and Independence Day (reprise) Company
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23. The Brain From Planet X (reprise) Company
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
THE BRAIN FROM PLANET X Original Cast Recording

The Brain From Planet X had its world premiere in Los Angeles in December, 2006. An affectionate and hilarious send-up of bad 50s sci-fi movies, The Brain tells the story of an alien invasion circa 1958 – a Brain and its two alien cohorts, Zubrick and Yoni, arrive on Earth and plan to take over the San Fernando Valley – the first step on the road to their quest to take over the entire planet and to destroy the family unit.

“WILDLY FUNNY... WITTILY STAGED, SHARPLY CAST AND GRACED WITH SOME CATCHY NUMBERS.”
LA Times

“The cast is absolutely GREAT!”
ReviewPlays.com

“Fun theatre! Silly, spoofy, and goofy!”
Beverly Hills Outlook

The cast features Kevin Spirtas (Days Of Our Lives), Alet Taylor (The Producers), Lauren Rubin, Cason Murphy, Merrill Grant, Benjamin Clark, Egbert Bernard, among others.

The cast album features 22 tracks, and has musical direction by Richard Berent and orchestrations by Larry Moore. The book is by David Wechter and Bruce Kimmel, with music and lyrics by Bruce Kimmel.

“Outrageously funny!”
Cabaret Scenes

And these wonderful online reader reviews from the LA Times:

“RAVE! What a treat! Was fun filled entertainment with innovative sets, terrific songs and dance numbers, and a delightful cast in a science fiction romp that had us laughing throughout!” - Los Angeles Times Online Reader Review

“RAVE! DO NOT MISS THIS PLAY! Broadway caliber; clever dialogue and lyrics, and beautiful voices. Hysterically funny! Like DAMN YANKEES on intergalactic steroids!” - Los Angeles Times Online Reader Review

The Brain From Planet X is tuneful, funny, and endearingly loopy.


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karo


People of Earth, the time is nigh to purchase your copy of the one and only, refreshingly original, cast recording of The Brain From Planet X, a wacky, zany, and wildly entertaining musical romp through the Sci-fi B-movie genre of yesteryear. A tip of the ol' composer's cap to Bruce Kimmel, music and lyrics, and Larry Moore, orchestrations. Each song is a gem unto itself. But you have to have favorites, and this reviewer's choices as the CD-stealing numbers are the infectious The Brain's Song (see if you can get it out of your brain once you hear it), the vampish ode to burlesque I Need An Earthman, the peppy The Plan, the campy, make-you-smile cabaret tune All About Men, and the crowd-pleasing The Brain Tap (there is no way a recording can capture the bring-the-house-down spirit of a tap number, so just know there's even more to this one than you're privy to on this CD). Then that title song will have you moving, too, plus Now! and the make-you-want-to-march-around-the-living-room-to-it Independence Day and the...oh, forget it. Buy the CD, and pick out your own favorites. There's only one complaint, the producers of this CD should have added the following warning label: Listeners Beware -- The use of this CD could result in chronic humming of any number of catchy tunes contained within.

George

This Is One Fun Musical!
THE BRAIN FROM PLANET X is the kind of musical that musical theater lovers love. It’s a show with a fun tale to tell and a great score. The story (as synopsized in the booklet) by David Wechter and Bruce Kimmel is not just a spoof but also a loving tribute to the science fiction B movies of the 1950s. You can tell that the authors know and love the genre. What’s unique about the story (at least, these days) is that it’s not specifically based on any previously existing material. It’s an original musical.

The music and lyrics by Bruce Kimmel are melodic, catchy, fun, touching (when appropriate) and just overall well-written. The whole score sounds like it could’ve been written back then and it would’ve been a hit. AND there’s an actual theremin playing in the opening sequence! It’s perfect.

All of the performers sing their hearts out with great energy and spot-on delivery. You really wouldn’t know that most of them are students at Los Angeles City College. They’re professional caliber.

Kritzerland has put out some wonderful CDs in the short time that it’s been around. Everything’s been top-notch and this new CD is no exception. Highly recommended!

Jeanne

Really fun!
I didn't see the show, but I love this CD! Lively, funny, upbeat. Talk about catchy songs! Not just one or two, but ALL of them. Listen to it once and you'll be hearing the songs in your head. The cast is wonderful. I particularly like the Brain himself and Yoni. You must hear Yoni (Alet Taylor)sing "I Need an Earthman." GREAT! If you enjoy musicals, you'll LOVE this.

Ryan O'Reilly

Infectious, hilarious and fun!
I have not seen the actual musical onstage, but I did buy this album after listening to a few tracks, and boy...is it infectious fun just to listen! Think of "Little Shop of Horrors" crossed with "Urinetown", and you'll get this musical. And while this seems to lack a smidge of the bite those two aformentioned musicals have when it comes to comedy, it still succeeds in making you laugh, and sing boy, howdy! The tunes are incredibly catchy, and it's one of the first musicals I've heard since Avenue Q to keep me humming to tunes through the second act! You'll be singing many of the songs (including "The Brain's Song" and "Good Girl/Bad Girl") for days...it's not everyday I'm attracted to a CD of an off-off-off-Broadway musical! I really hope it makes it to New York someday or be produced here locally because I would love to see it live. Give it a chance, purchase it and just hope you'll be able to watch it one day, because I sure do!

Ryan O'Reilly

Infectious, hilarious and fun!
I have not seen the actual musical onstage, but I did buy this album after listening to a few tracks, and boy...is it infectious fun just to listen! Think of "Little Shop of Horrors" crossed with "Urinetown", and you'll get this musical. And while this seems to lack a smidge of the bite those two aformentioned musicals have when it comes to comedy, it still succeeds in making you laugh, and sing boy, howdy! The tunes are incredibly catchy, and it's one of the first musicals I've heard since Avenue Q to keep me humming to tunes through the second act! You'll be singing many of the songs (including "The Brain's Song" and "Good Girl/Bad Girl") for days...it's not everyday I'm attracted to a CD of an off-off-off-Broadway musical! I really hope it makes it to New York someday or be produced here locally because I would love to see it live. Give it a chance, purchase it and just hope you'll be able to watch it one day, because I sure do!

Michael Barnum


I had the pleasure of seeing the original stage production of the sci-fi comedy musical spoof THE BRAIN FROM PLANET X on my last trip to L.A. when I found out a CD cast album was to be released I was ecstatic and managed to wrangle myself an early copy (I couldn't wait for the official release!).

This CD is a treasure, particularly for those who love the sci-fi classics (and not so classics) of the 1950s like Plan 9 from Outer Space and Invaders from Mars or who enjoyed MST3K's song filled spoofs. The lyrics on this album are bright, well written, funny and you will soon find yourself singing along to each and every one.

Best bets are Merrill Grant's GOOD GIRL/BAD GIRL, THE PLAN (which makes me laugh every time), and THE BRAIN'S SONG (sung by Egbert Bernard as the titled character)...each tune is finger snapping and foot tapping good. Two songs deserve special mention, the funny ALL ABOUT MEN simply for the smooth singing of Cason Murphy (who was absolutely hilarious in the play) and the fantastic Alet Taylor song I NEED AN EARTHMAN. Former soap star Kevin Spirtas shows he has quite a voice in his songs as well, and my next purchase will have to be one of his CDs.

Whether you have seen the play or not you will enjoy this OCR...it is just so dang much fun to listen to! And if you should have the opportunity to see the play...I recommend it highly as well!

A. Linton

The musical that earth has been waiting for!
Anyone who grew up in 1950’s America or who has a love of 1950’s Sci-Fi films will relish the original cast recording of this new musical. And anyone who loves show tunes will love the witty rhyme schemes, catchy tunes and occasional teasing poke at the musical theatre form found in “The Brain From Planet X”.

The plot references many of the cheesy films that you would be likely to see on Mystery Science Theatre 3000, particularly “Plan 9 From Outer Space” and “The Brain From Planet Arous”. But it doesn’t just riff on the genre. There’s also social and political commentary hidden among the jokes and clever lyrics worthy of Johnny Mercer.

The Brain From Planet X is more than just a loving homage to those B movies. It also skewers musical theatre clichés. You don’t have to be familiar with musical theatre to enjoy it, but there are numerous inside jokes that will delight those who are.

Although the instrumental array is small in number, the arrangements give it a very full sound, and the actors/singers all deliver the material with gusto. The numbers that stand out to me are the ones sung by The Brain and its two minions, Rubrick and Yoni. I find myself playing those particular numbers over and over again.

It’s so nice to have a new musical that isn’t a remake of a movie, but an original work which is both an amalgam and an homage to those goofy movies of my youth.

I would love to see this show performed one day, but in the meantime, I am glad to have the CD. It makes me laugh every time I hear it!

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Bill

GREAT!
I bought this on a whim, having read about it on broadwayworld. It sounded like it would be fun and it was. I haven't stopped playing it since I got it, and I can't get the songs out of my head. They're really catchy and the lyrics are hilarious. The cast is great especially the lead guy and the girl who plays the alien. Get it, you won't be disappointed.