Isn't It Rare? New "Sondheim Sings: Volume II" CD To Reveal the Work of a Younger Sondheim; In Stores Oct. 25

News   Isn't It Rare? New "Sondheim Sings: Volume II" CD To Reveal the Work of a Younger Sondheim; In Stores Oct. 25 PS Classics Inc., the nonprofit company dedicated to the preservation of American musical theatre heritage, will release the second volume of its acclaimed "Sondheim Sings" CD series in late October.
Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim

"Sondheim Sings (Volume II: 1946-1960)," like the first volume, will include newly remastered demos from the composer-lyricist's private collection. Sondheim archivist Peter E. Jones, who serves on the board of PS Classics Inc., will again serve as album producer. Philip Chaffin, also a board member of PS Classics Inc., told Playbill.com, "Where the first volume had its share of rarities, the second volume is mostly rarities — material Sondheim wrote in college, or for early and often unproduced professional productions, or for the amusement of friends and colleagues in the 1950s. I consider myself as much a Sondheim fan as the next person, but most of this material was totally unfamiliar to me. It's an amazing overview of Sondheim's early writing career, and as a CD, it doesn't just feel like an extension of the first volume — this edition really has its own energy and feel, a kind of brash, youthful optimism that's very appealing."

Chaffin told Playbill.com he expects Volume II to include 20 tracks. A release date of Oct. 25 is expected.

As with the earlier "Sondheim Sings (Volume I: 1962-72)," a portion of the proceeds will go to Young Playwrights Inc., which Sondheim helped found and continues to champion.

Chaffin is also A&R Director of the Grammy-nominated record label PS Classics LLC, whose association with Stephen Sondheim includes Broadway cast albums of Assassins, The Frogs and Pacific Overtures.

For more information on PS Classics Inc., visit www.psclassics.org.

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