British Vocalist Rumer Records Song from Steven Sater-Burt Bacharach Musical Gift of the Magi

News   British Vocalist Rumer Records Song from Steven Sater-Burt Bacharach Musical Gift of the Magi
The new stage musical from Tony Award-winning playwright and lyricist Steven Sater and Grammy Award-winning musician Burt Bacharach will be a musical adaptation of the O. Henry tale The Gift of the Magi.

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Theatre fans are getting an early holiday treat this season in the form of a new single from British recording artist Rumer. The vocalist has recorded "Some Lovers" from The Gift of the Magi as a special Christmas single on Atlantic Records. The B-side to the Christmas LP is the Bacharach classic "Alfie."

Sater and Bacharach are set to get back to work on the project with another three-week workshop in Los Angeles in early 2011, Sater told Michael Gracey will direct Magi, which will likely receive another workshop in May 2011 towards a full production in late fall/early winter of next year.

The writing duo have penned 18 songs for the Magi score, which Sater described as "classic Bacharach. That gift has just surged back. The songs are remarkable."

Sater explains that Christmas is at the heart of the story, but it is not penned as a holiday musical. "It's a love story that could run all year," he said. "It's four actors, but it's actually two characters. You see these young people at 20 and then you see them at 40. So it's the same characters, and you see their lives. It's really beautiful."

Spring Awakening veterans Kyle Riabko and current "Glee" star Lea Michele took part in earlier readings of Magi. Casting for the upcoming workshops is underway.

Here's some classic Bacharach holiday cheer and a listen to "Some Lovers."

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