Ghostlight is a spinoff of Sh-K-Boom Records and is devoted to more traditional theatre fare (cabaret, classic American pop and cast albums of more mainstream shows), as opposed to Sh-K-Boom Records, which aims to bridge the gap between pop-rock and theatre (with edgier theatre music recordings, and solo discs by show folk who sing rock and pop).
Sh-K-Boom and Ghostlight founder and president Kurt Deutsch previously admitted the lines between the two divisions blur a little: Sh-K-Boom released the cast album of Michel Legrand's musical comedy, Amour, but if Ghostlight had been created at the time, the disc likely would have ended up under the latter's umbrella.
The New Moon, produced for records by Joel Moss, and executive produced by Deutsch, Jack Viertel and Ted Chapin, features Burke Moses, Christiane Noll and the Encores! concert cast of the acclaimed 2003 revival of the Sigmund Romberg-Oscar Hammerstein operetta. The troupe and a 34-piece orchestra under the musical direction of Rob Fisher was recorded July 12-13, 2004.
The New Moon recording is thought to be one of the most complete documents of the show ever recorded.
The 1928 Sigmund Romberg musical, which played City Center March 27-30, 2003, features music by Romberg and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab. It boasts such tunes as "Stout-Hearted Men" and "Lover Come Back to Me." The New Moon played 500 performances in 1928, making it a huge hit for the time. It was also one of the last operettas to succeed on Broadway and one of the final triumphs of Romberg, who also wrote Blossom Time and The Desert Song.
The original orchestrations are heard on the CD.
The revised Irish Rep script by Charlotte Moore, seen Off Broadway in spring, has legs: A Dallas production by Lyric Stage appeared earlier this fall. The 1947 libretto is by Fred Saidy and Harburg, with music by Burton Lane. Joel Moss produces the album.
The studio recording of Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole's cabaret show, In Your Dreams, with musical director Billy Stritch, features piano and vocals by Stritch and vocals by Ebersole. The disc includes "Fine and Dandy," "Baby Dream Your Dream," "Nobody Else But Me," "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "You're Getting to be a Habit With Me," "We're in the Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," "It's a Wonderful World"/"You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me," "Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine," "My Ship," "There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York," "Put Your Dreams Away"/"Hit the Road to Dreamland"/"It's a Pity to Say Goodnight." Joel Moss produces the album. Deutsch is executive producer.
"Ghostlight" refers to the single-bulb lamp left burning on the stage of a theatre after the personnel has left the building.
Image Entertainment distributes Ghostlight product.
Sh-K-Boom will release the cast album of the revised Paul Scott Goodman rock opera Bright Lights, Big City, Deutsch said. The all-star recording is led by Patrick Wilson, who played the troubled antihero of that show when it had a staging at New York Theatre Workshop. Release is expected for early 2005. Songwriter Goodman is not a character in the revised version, Deutsch said.
Forthcoming on Ghostlight is the recording of the recent concert cast of Hair.