Music producer, John Yap, is the founder of internationally renowned Jay Records. John has dedicated his life to preserving musicals for generations to come. Some of his masterworks include My Fair Lady, West Side Story, The King and I, South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, Annie Get Your Gun, Cabaret, and many others.
John’s latest recording, Anyone Can Whistle, was recently released 23 years after it was recorded. The CD features Julia McKenzie, Maria Friedman and John Barrowman, plus the musical’s book writer, Arthur Laurents. The show’s composer and lyricist, a fellow named Stephen Sondheim said, “The brilliance of this recording gives the show more energy and sparkle than it’s ever had.”
John started Jay Records in 1980 with a live recording of the revue Nashville, New York (Music by Kurt Weill and Vernon Duke, Lyrics by Ogden Nash). In 40 years, John has produced thousands of recordings, including works by Leonard Bernstein, Lerner and Loewe, Kander and Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Stephen Schwartz and virtually all significant Broadway and West End writers and composers.
He’s also recorded many stars from the stage, opera, TV and movies, including legends like: Liza Minnelli, Judi Dench, Richard Harris, Chita Rivera, Cleo Laine, Anthony Newley, Betty Buckley, Sarah Brightman, David Hyde Pierce, Patti LuPone, John Houseman, Honor Blackman, Julia Migenes, Elaine Paige, Christian Borle and Carol Channing, among many others.
John has also recorded over 22 Original Cast albums with the York Theatre, including Busker Alley with Jim Dale and Glenn Close.
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