Exclusive! Hear a Brand New Track from Broadway's Expanded Fun Home Cast Album

News   Exclusive! Hear a Brand New Track from Broadway's Expanded Fun Home Cast Album
 
PS Classics returned to the studio to record additional material to be included in the new, updated Broadway cast album release of the acclaimed musical Fun Home. In anticipation of the album's May 19 release, Playbill.com is sharing an exclusive listen to Tony nominee Emily Skeggs' performing "Changing My Major."

The Broadway recording features Off-Broadway closing cast member Skeggs, who took over the role of Medium Alison, and repeats her work on Broadway. Skeggs, who earned a 2015 Tony nomination for her performance, succeeded original cast member Alexandra Socha in the role.

Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone and Emily Skeggs
Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone and Emily Skeggs Photo by Joan Marcus

Additional music not included on the world-premiere recording, as well as new material written for the Broadway production, will be incorporated into the new release that will feature fresh production art and photos from the show's uptown transfer.

The new track was recorded by Skeggs and the orchestra April 10.

Philip Chaffin, PS Classics co-founder and album co-producer, told Playbill.com, "Months and months ago, when we first heard that Fun Home was making its way to Broadway, our intention was to record only the newly-written material. That would be standard. But then we saw the Broadway production in previews, and realized at once that it had its own energy and immediacy, and we knew that we had to revisit the original disc and adapt it – to match not just the content, but the feel, of the Broadway production. Working closely with Jeanine and Lisa, we ended up newly recording a lot, including material we'd chosen not to include originally that now seemed crucial. We wound up, to our surprise, with a recording where over half the tracks are new, and 'Changing My Major' is a great example of how the album has changed, because Emily absolutely makes the song her own." Many members of the original Public Theater cast return for the uptown transfer, including 2015 Tony nominees Beth Malone, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas and Michael Cerveris.

Fun Home has music by Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, Or Change; Shrek) and book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Lisa Kron (Well). The musical received 12 Tony Award nominations, including Best Score, Best Book and Best Musical.

This isn't the first time a PS Classics cast album was freshened up for Broadway. The label also returned to the recording studio to update the original Off-Broadway cast album of Grey Gardens when the acclaimed musical transferred to Broadway with additional material and new cast members.

PS Classics is currently enjoying its busiest spring in its 15-year history, with new cast recordings of Fun Home and On the Twentieth Century in stores on May 19, and four more recordings due out between now and mid-June. To celebrate its string of new theatre releases, Playbill.com will be running a series of exclusive tracks from upcoming PS Classics discs the week of May 11, including songs from The Golden Apple, Judy Kuhn's new solo disc Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel, and the new Vernon Duke musical, Misia, starring Marin Mazzie.

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