Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” Streams July 3 on Disney+, & The Hit House got to contribute by scoring the arrangement for the Official Trailer!
It all began with Lin-Manuel Miranda reading Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton. Miranda was then inspired to bring Hamilton’s story to life in the form of a musical. On January 20, 2015 Hamilton previewed off-Broadway to a sold-out audience & officially opened on February 17 to critical acclaim. The rest is history as it rocketed to a record-setting 16 nominations in the 2016 Tony Awards, winning 11, including Best Musical, as well as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, & a multitude of other prestigious awards. To state that it was an privilege for The Hit House & composer William August Hunt to score the arrangement for the Disney+ Hamilton Official Trailer would be an understatement. As if that wasn’t enough of an honor, Alex Lacamoire, the Music Director, Orchestrator, & Conductor for the Broadway production, as well as co-arranger of the score, graciously tweeted out, “The task of arranging the music bed for our #HamilFilm trailer was left to the specialists. Massive shoutout to @HitHouseMusic c/o @yebomustang [Sally House] and #WilliamAugustHunt for their epic scoring! (That key change, tho!) 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.@disneyplus @HamiltonMusical.” Subsequently, Lin-Manuel Miranda himself retweeted Alex’s tweet with, “#ThatKeyChangeTho“. Sure, it may seem innocuous for some, but for us fangirls & fanboys at The Hit House, well we’re not admitting to tears of gratitude & joy being shed… but tissues were definitively damp.
Hamilton, for the uninitiated, is a two act musical with the music, lyrics, & book created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Its music is inspired by hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, & traditional show tunes to tell the story of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, along with other historical figures such as U.S. Presidents George Washington, James Madison, & Thomas Jefferson, as well as Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Aaron Burr, John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler, Peggy Schuyler, & Philip Hamilton. The cast of the show are predominantly non-white actors portraying the Founding Fathers. The show which will stream July 3, 2020 on Disney+ was filmed in June 2016 at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. It features Tony Award winners Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr, Tony Award nominees Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Jonathan Groff as King George, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, & Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton. The cast also includes Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Hope Easterbrook, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Elizabeth Judd, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, & Ephraim Sykes.
In these fraught times, Hamilton the musical gives us hope that passion will spark action & a brighter more just future. The Hit House is beyond grateful for the opportunity to have contributed to this incredible event & we can’t wait to stream it on Disney+ on July 3! Hamilton will doubtlessly inspire future leaders, feed conversations, & hopefully foment real-world change in the present & not just as a beautiful musical legacy.
Hulu’s Official Trailer for “The Great” incorporates The Hit House’s Music
The newest miniseries by Hulu, The Great is a wild satirical ride through the anti-historical adventures of Catherine the Great. Seismic Productions created the trailer to reflect this series steeped in comedy & drama. Thus a quirky, upbeat, & fun, while simultaneously zany, fanciful, & adventurous serving of trailer music was required. Luckily The Hit House composer William August Hunt’s “Drogon” from our Epic “Funny Bone 3: Orchestral Escapades” Album ideally fit the tone that helped to elevate the trailer to energetic new levels of mirth.
The Great is based on Executive Producer Tony McNamara’s play from the Sydney Theater Company’s eponymous 2008 production. With occasional historical facts peppered in, the series traces the ascent of Catherine, an 18th century Austrian royal plucked from the obscurity of rural living, to the throne of Russia. Having only idealism & romance in her heart she arrives in Russia to wed Emperor Peter, who shows himself to be the exact opposite of what her dreams of love & wedded bliss had been. The court & its denizens are filled with wild eccentricities that often become outright evil. Thus she is transformed, from a creature of sunshine to an expert at scheming & hatching plots to simply survive. Catherine’s story progresses as she decides to take on not only her husband the Emperor of Russia, but also the resolute church, the staunch military, & the crafty courtiers all of which seek to waylay her progress. However, through her tenacity & cunning the time for her reign is all but written & luckily we get to watch the wild ride! The Great stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult as Emperor Peter, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Sebastian de Souza, Bayo Gbadamosi & Belinda Bromilow.
It was her time & she seized her greatness with aplomb, absolutely confounding her nay-sayers & for that Catherine amply deserves the title of “The Great.” Hulu has truly created a gem fit to adorn a royal crown in this wacky, uproariously funny, & absolutely binge-worthy comedic drama. We’re grateful Seismic Productions came to us for the music & happy that we could provide it for the latter half of this official trailer. On May 15, The Great arrives in 10 episodes, only on Hulu, & you can bet we’ll be binging it all night & throughout the weekend. Until then, we’ll continue to be the loyal vassals, creating music for all manner of trailers & commercials, but bear in mind, if you also need music for an occasional coup d’état, well, we’ll be happy to support & we may just have something up our sleeves, & definitely in our library as it were.
Singing it out for all…
A PSA from The Hit House to your house…
Featuring in sequential order Jesse Goodwin (maracas & vocals), Scott Lee Miller (lead vocals & guitar), Dan Diaz (guitar & vocals), Chad J. Hughes (sound design & vocals), William August Hunt (cello & vocals), & Sally House (creative director & vocals).
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An Adventure of our Lifetimes Awaits in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” with The Hit House’s contribution to the Official Trailer!
Not all expeditions go as planned, but for Disney’s Jungle Cruise, the Official Trailer is an action-packed entertainment laden success! Launched by Dwayne Johnson & a boat full of skippers from The Disneyland Resort’s Jungle Cruise attraction, it gave the perfect introduction for the film arriving in July. The Hit House is proud to have contributed to the trailer & after seeing the final cut, we are ready to go on any journey with The Rock & Emily Blunt!
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, Jungle Cruise is based on the famous Disneyland theme park ride. This film tells the tale of a legendary Tree of Life that riverboat captain Frank (played by Dwayne Johnson) has been fruitlessly searching for longer than anyone. Smash cut to the fearless Lily Houghton (played by Emily Blunt), a scientist, & her brother McGregor (played by Jack Whitehall), who hire Frank to lead them into the heart of the Amazonian darkness. With the key to the magical tree’s location their expedition seems to hold success within their grasp. A series of misadventures befall the intrepid trio as they battle the dangers of the jungle as well as an evil German expedition with a Uboat! Edgar Ramirez, Jesse Plemons, & Paul Giamatti also star in the film.
Having experienced the ride of Jungle Cruise at Disneyland, & now having seen the Official Trailer for Jungle Cruise, we could not be more excited to watch the whole adventure. Frankly, we’d go anywhere with Emily Blunt & Dwayne Johnson in a heartbeat, but add in the adventure of a wild jungle, a dastardly enemy, & the possibility of a tree that heals? Let’s just say we’ll be there for sure when Jungle Cruise steams into theaters on July 24. Until then, our music studios are here & ready for your next project’s sound design, music supervision, or custom music needs. We just know that any adventure on which we jointly embark will get us all to our destination & end up a smashing success!
Focus Features’s “The High Note” Official Trailer by Seismic Productions with The Hit House’s contributions smashes boundaries!
Too often people are told they can’t do this or that, because it’s just “not done.” But Focus Features’s newest movie, The High Note, trounces those conventions by telling a story of a singer who’s reached her proverbial peak, but with the help of the “least” of her entourage strives for even more. Seismic Productions created a dazzling Official Trailer for The High Note, & The Hit House was happy to contribute custom layering to help perfect the music for the trailer.
Directed by Nisha Ganatra, The High Note tells the story of the superstar singer Grace Davis (played by Tracee Ellis Ross), who is at the top of her game, but for whom the only perceivable next step is a slide down from the heights of fame. When all others, including her management & other entourage only see a “standard” continuation for her career, Maggie (played by Dakota Johnson), Grace’s personal assistant, envisions more potential for Grace’s future. With a background in music, Maggie seizes the opportunity & works to help Grace create a new album which could catapult the trajectory of both their careers forever. The High Note also stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Zoë Chao, Ice Cube, June Diane Raphael, Deniz Akdeniz, Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard, & Diplo.
This particular project spoke to our hearts at The Hit House since it tells the story of the production, creation, & nurturing of something near & dear to our own hearts, namely music. A movie trailer that extols the power of music, how it can move us, change lives, & alter people’s outlooks for the better is one that we are proud to contribute to. We know that all stories must be told & that each is unique & precious, but the story of the creation of music is one that strikes a particular chord that only a fellow musician can understand, but one that can be communicated to all others through the very universal power of our medium. When your story next needs that perfect stroke of inspiration, that undercurrent of emotion to move the viewer to the next level of emotion, look no further. The Hit House is here for you. That said, on May 8, 2020, when The High Note arrives in theaters, you better believe we’ll be there (quietly) munching on popcorn & loving every second of this story about our beloved music industry.
The Hit House’s 2020 Valentine’s Day was made with Netflix’s “Stranger Things” Season 4 Spoilers… & our Trailer Music!
For those of you who have not yet gotten on Netflix’s Stranger Things bandwagon, stop waffling & immediately catch up by streaming Season 1-3! *Spoiler Alert* For those of you who are on top of your streaming of Stranger Things, you know that last season ended with the possible death of our beloved Hopper… But now we know that he’s alive, or at least seemingly so, in Russia! Netflix absolutely made our Valentine’s Day by revealing this gem of knowledge on February 14 with a Stranger Things Season 4 teaser that included The Hit House’s “Thruster” trailer music from our “RE:ACTION RISE” Album!
Created by the Duffer Brothers, & exclusively on Netflix, Stranger Things is a SciFi drama & horror series whose first season was released in 2016. When supernatural stirrings start with the potential abduction of a teenager in November 1983 in the town of Hawkins, Indiana, a group of best friends band together as intrepid amateur sleuths to find their lost buddy. With the help of an other-worldly girl, Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown), with psychokinetic talents, they attempt to close the portal to another dimension that has been opened by the nearby Hawkins National Laboratory run by the United States Department of Energy. The following 2 seasons play out over the course of the following year & subsequent months as the town of Hawkins continues to be beset by creatures from the “upside down,” as the other dimension is named. Also starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery & Cara Buono, Stranger Things has rocketed to the top of many a “binge-worthy” list & stands strong with a 93% average tomatometer & 91% average audience score. Additionally, it has received accolades in the form of the following award nominations of: 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 4 Golden Globe Awards, 1 BAFTA, 2 Directors Guild of America Awards, 3 Writers Guild of America Award, & 3 Grammy Awards. For award wins it has claimed 1 SAG Award, 2 AFI Awards, 1 Critics’ Choice Television Award, & 3 People’s Choice Awards!
As a truly beloved character in Stranger Things, it was with shock & sadness that we saw Hopper sacrifice himself at the end of Season 3 when a generator exploded, however, now we can rejoice in the fact that he’s seemingly alive & well, albeit in a Russian prison on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Aside from stanning the show, it was our absolute delight to be able to contribute trailer music to the teaser that revealed this brilliant fact of Hopper’s survival. While there is no release date yet, we rest easy knowing that the show is in production & we will see the continuation of the battle against the vile creatures from the upside down. Until Stranger Things Season 4 arrives, we’ll be here, & available for all your new & custom music, sound design, & music supervision needs. So give us a call, shoot us a message, & we’ll help your project make as big of a splash as you desire. Also, we promise we’ll only re-watch Stranger Things seasons 1-3, during short breaks from our work for you!
No matter how Fast you are… You’ll always need Sound Design.
When the 9th installment in The Fast Saga franchise decided to drop its Official Trailer it needed sound design to compliment & enhance the ridiculous amounts of action on the screen. For ridiculous amounts of action, The Hit House had just the answer, our Framework Sound Design Albums & extensive library created by 8 time Emmy Nominated Sound Designer Chad J. Hughes.
Directed by Justin Lin, F9: The Fast Saga aka Fast & Furious 9 tells the tale of two brothers torn apart, united by blood, but broken by different life paths. In the film, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) & his driving family unite against their deadliest enemy yet, Dom’s real blood brother, Jakob (John Cena), Dominic’s younger brother, & an old nemesis Cipher (Charlize Theron). Grievances are aired, races are had, & explosions are triggered as F9: The Fast Saga roars across the screen, also starring Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, & Helen Mirren.
With any movie the requisite action sequences require the appropriate sound design, but in no genre is it more imperative than in an action film. In this case the team behind F9’s Official Trailer could settle for nothing less than the best, so they called The Hit House & we proffered Chad’s incredible creations. The rest as they say is history, & the proof is in the pudding, which in this case is a mind melting, eye gaping, earth shattering assault of a trailer that does nothing if not justice to the Fast Saga franchise. On May 22, 2020 Universal Picture releases Fast & Furious 9 & we couldn’t be more hyped. Until then, when you need that perfect sound, that ideally crafted design, that indefinable je ne sais quoi, call The Hit House. We will help define it for you, gift wrap it, & deliver everything your project requires & more. The result? A final product smashed way out of this world & into the next.
The Hit House’s The Barn Owl Trailer Music in The Night Clerk Official Trailer
When darkness falls, they still watch… & in this case, it’s the night clerk who sees the brutality, but did he do anything or everything? For Highland Film Group’s upcoming thrilling mystery drama The Night Clerk, Saban Films needed to create the perfect amount of suspense, tension, & thrill, so The Hit House delivered composer William August Hunt’s The Night Owl from our DUSK Album.
Directed by Michael Cristofer, The Night Clerk stars Tye Sheridan as Bart Bromley a hotel night clerk who secretly watches the guests on surveillance cameras in order to enhance his own interpersonal skills. As he is on the autism spectrum he seeks to “practice” what he says by studying others to imitate their modes of interaction. During one of his night shifts a woman is murdered & with a preponderance of evidence pointing to him he quickly becomes the main suspect. With more knowledge than ways of conveying it Bart is right in the crosshairs of the lead police detective, played by John Leguizamo. Concurrently Bart becomes close to the hotel guest Andrea, played by Ana de Armas, who soon becomes the killer’s next target. Helen Hunt stars as Ethel Bromley, Bart’s protective mother, whose special son can do no wrong… or can he? The question remains, who is the murderer & can they be stopped?
With The Barn Owl, William August Hunt crafted a thrilling piece of neo-classical orchestral music that serves to heighten the tension, highlight the horror, & enhance the mystery of who killed whom & who may die next in this movie trailer. On February 21, The Night Clerk arrives in theaters & we can’t wait to see who did it! But until then, when your next project requires the riveting music to empower the plot, maximize the thrill, & leave the watcher wanting more, we have, or will create, the perfect music for you. We’re waiting, watching, & listening to hear your problem & provide the bespoke solution your work deserves.
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The scary side of The Hit House emerges, with Horror Sounds for Brahms: The Boy 2
When STX Entertainment needed the sounds that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, they turned to The Hit House. For Lakeshore Entertainment’s Brahms: The Boy II, the official trailer required the best way to underscore the horror of a supernatural murderous doll. To help break down the viewer’s sense of reality, belief in the good, & sublimation to a home filled with evil, The Hit House provided just the right elements of sound design.
Brahms: The Boy II is directed by William Brent Bell, & stars Katie Holmes as Liza, the mother of Jude (played by Christopher Convery). When their family moves into the guest house of the Heelshire Mansion, the young son Jude is “befriended” by Brahms, a frighteningly life-like doll that soon inserts itself into all aspects of their lives & slowly turns their mundane existence into one filled with creepiness, destruction, & death. A broken & possessed doll brings a disturbing nightmare to life & pulls them into downward spiraling journey of horror. The film also stars Ralph Ineson & Owain Yeoman.
Broken & afraid, fearsome & creepy, loathsome & horrific, the emotions of Brahms: The Boy II’s Official Trailer run the gamut of emotions. Thus just the right tones to accentuate & amplify those feelings were required. To truly appreciate what The Hit House creators delivered, watch the trailer thrice more, namely once without sound, & then once again with sound. Are you afraid yet? Now lastly, wait ’til evening, turn off the lights, & watch it once more… Can you hear it calling you? Jude…