Sideways The Musical

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Anthony Leigh Adams and Rex Pickett are proud to present the world premiere recording of Sideways The Musical. If you enjoyed the iconic novel and Academy Award-winning film, you’ll love this exciting new musical! A love song to wine with a powerful and melodic score, this celebratory production takes the classic tale to new heights of lyricism, romance, and hope.

The album is available on August 18, 2023 Lakeshore / Broadway Records!

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Sideways the Musical

Sideways The Musical, is an adaptation of Rex Pickett’s novel, Sideways, which the Oscar-winning film starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, was based on. The story follows the main character Miles Raymond, a divorced, failed writer and wine connoisseur who lives in Santa Monica. Miles is pinning all his hopes on his latest novel landing a publishing deal to hoist him out of his state of despond.

Weathering bankruptcy and career failure, Miles takes his soon-to-be-married best friend, Jack Manse, a C-list character actor and erstwhile TV director, on a wine-tasting road trip through California’s little-known Santa Ynez Valley, as his "best man" present to Jack. Their adventure unwittingly devolves into a bawdy, wine-fueled pleasure-fest with late night accidental drunk calls, pre-marital infidelities and the two of them getting down and nutty. When Miles and Jack encounter two extraordinary women, Maya and Terra, their holiday in wine country takes an unexpected turn. In vino veritas.

Sideways The Musical features new scenes that aren’t in the novel or movie and expands the roles of the female leads while raising the emotional stakes between all four main characters without sacrificing any of the riotously funny comedy the film is famous for.

The music was composed and arranged by Anthony Leigh Adams, who collaborated closely with Rex Pickett on the book for the musical. Together they co-wrote the lyrics. Anthony is grateful to his friend and partner for the opportunity to collaborate on the adaptation of his poignant and hilarious novel, Sideways, without which there would be no musical.

The recording features, left to right, first row: Ryan Quinn (Season 10, The Voice), Ruby Lewis (Paramour, A Little Night Music), James Byous (Netflix series, Westside, Tarantino Live), Emily Goglia (Kinky Boots, Into the Woods). Left to right, second row: Juliette Goglia (I Can See Your Voice, NCIS), Devin Archer (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables), Rebecca Jade (Sheila E., Let’s Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute to Prince), and Britton Sparkman (The Righteous Heirs).


Music is in my DNA. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been attracted to diverse styles of music, from rock, jazz and classical to flamenco, Indian ragas and Broadway show tunes. I grew up watching movie musicals, playing in rock bands and appearing as a child in many of the productions my father directed at Starlight Musical Theatre and San Diego Opera. I’m grateful for the invaluable contributions of my wife and producing partner, Christina Adams, as well as our co-producer, Alan Ames, Van Dean and Broadway Records, Brian Mcnelis and the team at Lakeshore Records. Also, many thanks for the generous support of Steve Orich, Douglass and Judy Bowerman, Robb Lawrence, Andrew Beall, Peter Sprague, Ben Caron, Beverley Braybon, Private Island Audio, and our brilliant cast and musicians.

Anthony Leigh Adams

The album is available on CD and as a digital download at Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, and other music providers.

The album is available on August 18, 2023 Lakeshore / Broadway Records!

Purchase or stream

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