Next stop for Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know: on disk. A 33-track CD of the long-running Off-Broadway revue was released by RCA Victor June 1, with the official release party skedded for June 17.
Secrets, which opened Oct. 30, 1997 at the Triad and later moved to midtown's Ibis Theater, covers the globe in 100 minutes with 20 original songs and sketches that take the audience to 40 different countries. Writers of the show's material include Douglas Bernstein, Francesca Blumenthal, Michael Brown, Barry Creyton, Lesley Davison, Stan Freeman, cast-member and bassist Jay Leonhart, and songwriters Dave Frishberg and Murray Grand.
Producer Scott Perrin's sister, Wendy Perrin, wrote the popular Fodor travel guide spoofed by the musical revue. Songs in the show include "Seeing America First," "Red Hot Lava," "Aging Planes" and the self explanatory, "Customs."
Patrick Quinn, a veteran of another revue, Forbidden Broadway, directs the Off-Broadway production, with musical direction by Stan Freeman.
The current cast includes Denise Nolin, Charles Alterman (piano), Leonhart (bass), Ray DeMattis, Nick Santa Maria and Maribeth Graham. Producer Scott Perrin told Playbill On-Line (May 13) Traveler has enjoyed regional productions in Key West, FL; Rochester, NY and Braintree MA. The show will return to Massachusetts in September for a sit-down, open run in the Terrace Room at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.
For tickets to Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, which passed the 500-performance mark back on Jan. 16, call (212) 799-4599. The Ibis Theater is located at 327 West 45th Street.
-- By David Lefkowitz