Co-op ‎– Documentary Now! Presents: Original Cast Album: Co-op

IFC (2) ‎– IFC/BV1558, Broadway Video ‎– IFC/BV1558
Vinyl, LP


1 Co-op
2 Christmas Tips
3 Holiday Party
1 My Home Court
2 I Gotta Go
3 Going Up



Vocals: Alex Brightman, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Richard Kind, Paula Pell, Merideth Kaye Clark, Jesse Cromer, Alec Cameron Lugo, Bobbi MacKenzie, Norman Wilson, Leah Yorkston

Music by Eli Bolin
Lyrics by John Mulaney & Seth Meyers
Orchestrations by Mike Pettry

Recorded at The Relic Room, NYC
Recording and Mixing: Dave's Room, North Hollywood
Mastering: Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles
Mix Engineers: John Chamberlin, David Spreng

From the team that brought you Has Anyone Ever Told You You'd Look Better as a Brunette?, comes Co-op, the ill-fated Broadway show that opened and closed on the same night amid disastrous reviews.

Written by Simon Sawyer and directed by Howard Pine, the musical comedy centers around a cast of characters who all work, live or want to live in the same co-op, including Robbie the Doorman, Donna, the mistress of a tenant , Danny, the single guy just trying to get through the holidays, and Annie the tennis coach who dreams of living in the building.

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July 21, 2019
This is a collection of six serious renditions of songs from the Documentary Now! episode. The album has still only been released on LP as of 7/2019 for a median price of $150-- That's $25 per song, but I still think this is well worth it for something of a Holy Grail to a significant fan base. The following is rundown of how I believe these songs compare to bits from the episode as well as music from real Broadway, most comparatively Company and Rent.

1- "Co-op" A typical opening number slightly more fleshed out than that seen in the episode.
2- "Christmas Tips" Hilarious but also very professionally Broadway-ish song about the door man (Richard Kind) blackmailing residents of the building into giving him better tips. The orchestration is masterful.
3- "Holiday Party" A fast-talking number resembling "Getting Married Today" (Beth Howland) from Company. Funny only for a couple bits of real world slang about cocaine. Vague themes of "Light My Candle" or "I Should Tell You" from Rent.
4- "My Home Court" Significantly longer than in the episode and one of my favorite songs from the record. This is the "brown and the beige" song. A young tennis coach (Renee Elise Goldsberry) dreams of all the seriously dated ways she can dress up her dream apartment. This is vaguely similar to "Another Hundred People" from Company. Seriously unsung talent this lady.
5- "I Gotta Go" This is the shining star of the episode but the album rendition is amazing. Paula Pell knocks it out of the park! The backstory of course is that Elaine Stritch has an issue with her voice on the day of recording "The Ladies Who Lunch" for the Company album, was given a second chance and came in the next day and knocked it out of the park. The album version of "I Gotta Go" is IMO 10% more beautiful and less comical than you'd expect. This is the version where she is wearing the dark glasses on day 2. The rest of the song is even more heartfelt than the ending shown in the episode.
6- "Going Up" Another really professional Broadway-ish piece led by Richard Kind and Paula Pell. This really makes me envision an elevator scene is a real production.

Now, the music is top notch and well worth the money. HOWEVER, the pressing I received is no higher quality than the Buzz Cola I once purchased at a fake Kwik-E-Mart. Most importantly, the cut is a bit hot and has too much sibilance on "s" noises and distorts when group numbers get too busy. Next, there is more noise floor on the lead-out than the lead-in on both sides. This, to me, implies uneven heating or inconsistent materials quality in pressing. Lastly, there were visible fingerprints and surface errors in the pressing brand new straight out of the sealed packaging. There are visible bubbles in the surface! At first I was doubting my stylus, but after listening to some other digitized LP's from the same setup I realized, no, the pressing is just not of the highest quality. Still some beautiful midrange and bass and overall very clear. But it does tend to distort more than other records I own when it gets loud. I wish they had just released this on digital to begin with. I would have paid the money anyway. Ahh but let's not lose sight of the fact this is all just one big in-joke. I feel like the composers and performers involved took this WAY further than originally intended.


April 9, 2019
I can’t wait for opening night. This may be very well the next Rent. Just they actually pay the rent.