The Dreamworks SKG original cast album of Paul Simon's Broadway musical The Capeman has been postponed again. Originally scheduled for release in spring 1998, then rescheduled for Aug. 25, the album is now set for release Oct. 6, according to Dreamworks spokesperson Sandy Giorgio.
No reason for the postponement was given.
The original cast album was recorded despite the premature closing of Simon's musical after a two-month run.
Spokesman John Barlow had told Playbill On-Line Mar. 25 that the recording was made during the previous three weeks. A longer-than-expected editing process was blamed for the first postponement.
The album will feature Reuben Blades, Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and the entire Broadway cast singing the full score, which was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Original Score May 4. A CD of Simon, Blades, Anthony and Nazario singing selections from the show was released in fall 1997. The cast album includes much material not on the "Songs From The Capeman" CD, and includes the three leads singing some tunes performed on that previous album by composer Simon.
With a score by Simon and libretto by Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, The Capeman tells the true-life story of Salvador Agron, a Puerto Rican gang member who murdered two teen-agers in the late 1950s, then underwent a conversion as a poet while in prison.
The Capeman closed March 28 after two months' run at a loss of nearly its entire $11 million investment. A concert tour reportedly was being considered.