Energetic, Precocious and . . . Musical? {a musical review}


If I said Junie, I bet you would follow with B. We all know her, don’t we? And now, she is singing and making us laugh all the more. Junie B. Jones The Musical!

Releasing on Friday, January 13, 2017, this complete cast recording of Junie B. Jones The Musical Cast Album is full to the brim of all that you expect out of this fun, precocious, energetic first grader. But now, it is set to music. The songwriting team of Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler have created this toe-tapping entry into the first grade world of Junie B. and her friends. From “Top Secret Personal Beeswax” all the way down to “Writing Down the Story of My Life”, Junie B. is a joy to listen to. You can’t help but smile as you join the first grade classroom and you can’t help but groan as Mr. Scary tries to keep it all together. Friendship angst and dreading the kickball tournament are life-changing ordeals for this spunky first-grader.

Anyone who has ever read one of Barbara Park’s Junie B. books will immediately smile to think of this character come to life and singing. And smile you do – all the way through the approximately 30 minute recording. I was folding clothes, tapping my toes, and grinning while listening to this CD. Such a joy! Listening to Junie B., I enjoy hearing her honesty, her struggles, her hopes and disappointments. All comes through so clearly in this musical production.


About the Songwriting Team:
Marcy Heisler is an author/lyricist. Zina Goldrich is a composer. These two have been working together since 1992, writing, performing and teaching. They have received a number of awards, both together and individually (Fred Ebb Musical Theater Award for Outstanding Songwriting, Richard Rogers New Horizons Award, Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award, Kleban Prize for Outstanding Lyrics). Among their many credits you find a music adaptation of Ever After, licensed family musicals Junie B. Jones, Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred), and Dear Edwina. Shall I go on?!? TV/Animation projects have been done for Disney divisions, PBS, Netflix, and others. They have song publications such as The Songs of Goldrich and Heisler and Marcy and Zina: The Album. Both make their homes in New York City.

About the Album:
Junie B. Jones The Musical was originally produced off-Broadway and was adapted from four of Park’s Junie B. Jones books. Park was involved in the adaptation and Heisler and Goldrich use that opportunity to create a rich theatrical production that gets to the heart of who Junie B. is. The Cast Album was recorded in Nashville under the direction of renowned producer Dan Rudin. The album features the voice of Lori Casteel as Junie B. Jones. (Lori has been in the business for over 25 years, working in both recording voices and acting on-stage. She lives in Tennessee.)

Songs on the album/track list:
Top Secret Personal Beeswax
Lucille, Camille, Chenille
You Can Be My Friend
Time To Make a Drawing
You Need Glasses
Show and Tell
Now I See
Lunch Box
Gladys Gutzman, Queen of Snacks
Kickball Tournament
Sheldon Potts’ Halftime Show
When Life Gives You Lemons
Kickball Tournament (Reprise)
When Life Gives You Lemons (Reprise)
Writing Down the Story of My Life


Album Details: Junie B. Jones The Musical Cast Album
For all ages, especially enjoyed by ages 3-9
Label: Next Decade Entertainment, Inc.
Release Date: January 13, 2017
SRP: $9.99 – digital download – available from all digital retailers (iTunes, Amazon, and more) and all streaming services (Spotify, Pandora, and more)
Running Time: 30 minutes


This is sure to be a hit in any home of young children because Junie B. just comes to life, right there wherever you may be listening.

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2 thoughts on “Energetic, Precocious and . . . Musical? {a musical review}

  1. Annette Tinholt Vellenga January 10, 2017 at 11:11 pm Reply

    Junie B! Sounds fun

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