Johnny Guitar Will Be Recorded May 17

News   Johnny Guitar Will Be Recorded May 17 Johnny Guitar, the new Off-Broadway musical which will close May 16, after 79 performances, will record an original cast album on May 17, it was announced.

The cast will congregate at Clinton Studios in Manhattan beginning at 10:30 AM. The session will reunite the original leads of Steve Blanchard, Judy McLane, Ann Crumb and Robert Evan.

The album will be produced by author Nick van Hoogstraten, composer Marty Silvestri and director-lyricist-co-composer Joel Higgins. The producers are currently in discussions with several labels and distributors, working toward a summer 2004 release.

The show is based on the film that starred Joan Crawford as a gun-slinger in the Old West.

Both Steve Blanchard, who created the title role while on leave from Beauty and the Beast, and his replacement and current "Johnny" Christopher Carl, will record tracks for the album.

Directed by Joel Higgins, Johnny Guitar features a set by Van Santvoord, lighting by Ed McCarthy, costumes by Kaye Voyce and sound by Laura Grace Brown. Musical direction is by James Mironchik, book is by Nicholas van Hoogstraten. Music is by Martin Silvestri and lyrics and music by Joel Higgins. The musical is presented by Definite Maybe Productions and Mark Kress in association with Victoria Lang & Pier Paolo Piccoli and the Century Center.

Johnny Guitar was honored with the 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical.

The show received Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Judy McLane); a nom for Distinguished Production of a Musical by The Drama League, who also recognized Judy McLane for her performance; and a nom for Outstanding Musical by the Lucille Lortel Awards.

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