No Tune Like Showtune, Now Licensed by MTI; Cast Album Expected

News   No Tune Like Showtune, Now Licensed by MTI; Cast Album Expected Jerry Herman's Showtune, the conceptual revue that thematically blends songs from the composer-lyricist's musicals, is freshly available for stock, amateur and regional licensing from Music Theatre International (MTI), and a cast album is anticipated.

Producer Jenny Strome, who has shepherded the show for many years, including stagings in Pasadena, Nyack, NY and (in 2003) Off-Broadway, told Playbill On-Line that finishing touches are being put on a cast-album-quality recording, to be used as part of the MTI marketing package. She said the disc will eventually find its way into stores and the hands of fans of Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles, Mack & Mabel, Dear World — all scores by Herman.

The performers on the album (which will eventually require a label and distributor) include veterans of various past productions of Showtune: Off-Broadway's Bobby Peaco (on piano and vocals), Martin Vidnovic, Karen Murphy, Sandy Binion, Tom Korbee and (Pasadena's) Stephanie Lynge and (Florida's) Steve Wilson.

Three added musicians sweeten the sound on disc, Strome said, explaining that the licensed script also offers charts for piano-only, piano and trio with drums and a seven piece band.

"I really made sure this is something that can be converted to a cast album," Strome said. "It's a spectacular audio event as well as a live event."

Showtune was created by Paul Gilger. James Followell serves as musical director and handled piano and vocal arrangements. Producer Strome and producing partner David Brown hold the commercial first-class rights to the show.

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