Bounce Cast Album Recorded in Two-Day Session, Nov. 10-11

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The new cast album of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Bounce will be about 75 minutes long and the recording session will last two days, record producer Tommy Krasker told Playbill On-Line.
Howard McGillin in Bounce
Howard McGillin in Bounce Photo by Liz Lauren

The company of the musical now playing the Kennedy Center goes into a Washington, DC, studio Nov. 10-11.

"There is so much music to record, and Richard Kind and Howard McGillin's vocal parts are so huge, we've been given the unusual luxury of a second day of recording," Krasker said.

Krasker, founder of the PS Classics label, is producing the Bounce disc for Nonesuch Records. Krasker and Sondheim have collaborated before: Krasker produced cast recordings of Saturday Night, The Frogs and the New York Philharmonic's Sweeney Todd.

The recording will be sweetened by 12 added strings and more percussion, Krasker confirmed. John Weidman previously told Playbill On-Line added players would expand the score (and Jonathan Tunick's orchestrations) for records. David Caddick is the show's musical director. *

Whether or not Bounce—the new musical Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman and directed by Harold Prince—travels beyond its current engagement at the Kennedy Center, musical theatre fans around the world will soon be able to hear the score.

A 2004 release date is expected.

Bounce officially opened at the Kennedy Center Oct. 30. It began previews on Oct. 21, following a world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, June 20-Aug. 10.

Bounce is inspired by the lives of the colorful, early-20th-century, American capitalists-cum-con artists, the Mizner brothers, their parents, their loves and their endless capers and schemes.

The song list, as it ran in Chicago, follows:

Act I
"Bounce," Wilson and Addison Mizner
"Opportunity," Papa, Addison, Wilson, Mama
"Gold!," Prospector Wilson, Mama, Addison, Alaskans
"Gold!," Poker Players
"What's Your Rush?," Nellie
"Next to You," Addison, Wilson, Mama
"Addison's Trip Around the World," Addison, Salesman, Guatemalans, Servants
"What's Your Rush?," Wilson, Mrs. Yerkes
"Alaska," Mrs. Yerkes, Wilson
"New York Sequence," Wilson, Nellie, Reporters, Photographer, Ketchel, Armstong, Jockey, Gamblers, Policeman, Wilson's Women
"The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me," Wilson, Nellie
"Isn't He Something?," Mama
"Bounce," Addison

Act II
"The Game," Addison, Nellie, Wilson, Promoter
"Talent," Hollis
"You," Addison, Hollis, Aristocrats
"Addison's City," Hollis, Wilson, Addison, Nellie
"Boca Raton," Boca Girl, Sportsmen, Fashion Models, Yachtsmen, Caruso, Salvador Dali, Wilson, Addison, Nellie, Hollis, Prospector, Varmints, Bobby Jones, Mae West, Princess Ghika, Chorus
"Last Flight," Addison, Wilson
"Bounce," Wilson, Addison

In an earlier interview with Playbill On-Line, Weidman said that "Alaska" had been cut from the score and replaced with a different song. Also, "You Are the Best Thing That Ever Has Happened to Me," a ballad which Michele Pawk and Howard McGillin sang a full version of very close to the end of the first act, has been moved to earlier in the act.

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