Those who haven't experienced Baz Luhrmann's staging of La Boheme at the Broadway Theatre can enjoy a part of it at home beginning Dec. 10, when the 67-minute "highlights" cast album appears in storees.
Recorded in California, when the company of the opera was playing the nearly sold-out tryout run in San Francisco, the album features all six of the rotating lead lovers.
"We did a highlights album," musical director Constantine Kitsopoulos told Playbill On-Line. "The whole opera is about 95 minutes worth of music. We did about 67 minutes of the opera, so we did most of it. The way we split it up is: One couple does Act One and part of Act Two, another does Act Three, another does Act Four. We represent them over the course of the album."
Kitsopoulos said he'd love to record the full score, but "that is a question of how well the highlights album sells and what the record company interest is in doing an entire album."
The two men and two women respectively playing Marcello and Musetta — the famed subplot that offers "Musetta's Waltz" — are also be heard on the cast album, on the Dreamworks label. Previews for the Broadway run of the Baz Luhrmann- directed staging begin Nov. 29 at the Broadway Theatre. It opened Dec. 8 and earned glowing reviews. Multiple rotating casts are used because of the vocally demanding nature of the Puccini opera. The 1896 classic is reimagined and re-set by Luhrmann and designer Catherine Martin in 1957 Paris. The opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Playing Rodolfo in rep are David Miller, Jesús Garcia and Alfred Boe, opposite the rotating Mimis of Ekaterina Solovyeva, Lisa Hopkins and Wei Huang. Jessica Comeau and Chlöe Wright share Musetta opposite the Marcellos of Eugene Brancoveanu and Ben Davis.
The orchestra for the recording was enhanced to 60 players from the 28 in the pit. Electronic keyboards are used in the pit for sweetening, but are not heard on the recording, Kitsopoulos said.
For La Boheme ticket information, call (212) 239 6200.