LoveMusik Recording to Arrive in Stores After Thanksgiving

News   LoveMusik Recording to Arrive in Stores After Thanksgiving Ghostlight Records, a division of Sh-K-Boom Records, will release "the world premiere recording" of the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of LoveMusik, which played MTC's Biltmore Theatre.
Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy in LoveMusik.
Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy in LoveMusik. Photo by Carol Rosegg

The single disc — starring Tony winners Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy and the original Broadway cast — is scheduled to arrive in stores Nov. 27, according to Sh-K-Boom co-founder and producer Kurt Deutsch.

The CD, which was recorded July 15, is currently available for pre-order by visiting the Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom website at www.sh-k-boom.com/boutique.html. The recording has a list price of $14.99.

The recording was produced by Joel Moss. Kurt Deutsch serves as executive producer.

Suggested by the letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, LoveMusik features a book by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy, Parade). Musical staging was provided by Patricia Birch (A Little Night Music), and direction by 21-time Tony Award winner Harold Prince (The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret and Sweeney Todd).

"LoveMusik follows the lives of the unlikeliest of lovers — the brilliant, intellectual German composer Kurt Weill (Michael Cerveris) and the woman who became his muse and star, Lotte Lenya (Donna Murphy)," according to MTC. "LoveMusik is an epic romance, set in Berlin, Paris, Broadway and Hollywood, spanning 25 years in the lives of this complicated couple." Cerveris and Murphy both received Tony Award nominations for their performances in LoveMusik.

The cast also featured Outer Critics Circle Award winner and Tony Award nominee David Pittu (as Bertolt Brecht) and John Scherer (as George Davis), with Judith Blazer, Edwin Cahill, Herndon Lackey, Erik Liberman, Ann Morrison, Graham Rowat, Rachel Ulanet and Jessica Wright.

LoveMusik features the lyrics of Maxwell Anderson, Bertolt Brecht, Howard Dietz, Roger Fernay, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, Maurice Magre, Ogden Nash, Elmer Rice and Kurt Weill.

Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, musical supervisor is Kristen Blodgette, music coordinator is Seymour Red Press, additional vocal arrangements are by Milton Granger and the conductor is Nicholas Archer.

LoveMusik was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club by special arrangement with Marty Bell, Aldo Scrofani, Boyett Ostar Productions, Tracy Aron, Roger Berlind/Debra Black, Chase Mishkin, and Ted Snowdon.

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