Nine Cast Album Will Be Recorded in Late April; PS Classics in Talks for Albertine Disc

News   Nine Cast Album Will Be Recorded in Late April; PS Classics in Talks for Albertine Disc The troupe of Roundabout Theatre Company's Nine will record the revival's cast album in late April rather than the previously-announced March 31, record producer Tommy Krasker told Playbill On-Line.

A five-show preview weekend leading to the Monday recording prompted the change. It was "kinder to the performers to delay the recording until after the opening," Krasker said. He co-produces the disc with composer-lyricist Maury Yeston on the PS Classics label.

Krasker said he expected the disc to be a full 79 minutes, though he reserves the right to expand to two discs if it's decided to include additional dialogue or other material. As preview audiences know, "The Germans at the Spa" has been cut from the score. The musical, inspired by the film "8-1/2," was a Tony Award-winning sensation in 1982.

In Nine, Antonio Banderas makes his Broadway debut as the Felliniesque auteur Guido Contini, who juggles the women, memories, wants and needs in his personal and professional life, at age 40.

The Roundabout presents the revival, directed by David Leveaux, at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

Krasker co-founded the independent label PS Classics with Philip Chaffin. The label is devoted to the heritage of Broadway musical theatre and American popular song. Krasker said he is also in talks to record the original cast album of My Life With Albertine, the new Ricky Ian Gordon-Richard Nelson musical at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.

PS Classics' most recent release is a new studio recording, "The Maury Yeston Songbook," with stars including Betty Buckley, Laura Benanti, Sutton Foster, Brent Barrett, Brian d'Arcy James and more. For more information, visit www.psclassics.com.