The Alan Menken/Tim Rice oratorio, King David will be recorded live this week during its world premiere engagement at the refurbished New Amsterdam Theatre in New York, and released by Walt Disney Records in June.
Disney began taking orders May 19 for the recording via a special phone line: 1-888-WDR-SING (1-888-937-7464). An operator at that number said the CD will be released on or about June 24 and will cost $18.98.
Previews for King David began May 15, and the production is scheduled to run only through May 23. Disney has already announced plays to open its new animated movie feature there in June, accompanied by a live stage show, and then open is live Broadway musical adaptation of The Lion King there this fall.
Marcus Lovett, a former Phantom of the Opera reigns as King David for this week's nine-performance world-premiere of King David.
Tickets ($45-$75) are on sale through Ticketmaster: (212) 307-4100. The leading female roles, the two wives of the title character, Michal and Bathsheba, are being played by the two actresses who did Betty Schaefer, Norma Desmond's romantic rival in Sunset Boulevard, on different coasts in the U.S.: Judy Kuhn, who did that role first in Los Angeles, will play David's first wife, Michal; Alice Ripley, the Broadway Betty, will be Bathsheba.
Stephen (Love! Valour! Compassion!) Bogardus plays David's commander-in-chief and the narrator. Martin (Brigadoon) Vidnovic will be the ruler who preceded David, King Saul, and Roger Bart will be the son of Saul, Jonathan. The role of Samuel will be done by one: Peter Samuel, a standby in Cats.
Produced by Walt Disney Theatrical Productions and Andre Djaou, King David is based on the Old Testament story of the poet king of Israel. The work requires a chorus of 40 and an orchestra of 60.
Mike Ockrent, who helmed Me and My Girl and Big, directed the piece.