PS Classics and Nonesuch to Record Sondheim's Road Show Feb. 23

News   PS Classics and Nonesuch to Record Sondheim's Road Show Feb. 23
 
The cast of the recent Public Theater production of Road Show will head into a Manhattan recording studio Feb. 23 to capture the latest musical from Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Stephen Sondheim.

Alexander Gemignani
Alexander Gemignani Photo by Joan Marcus

PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker told Playbill.com that his label and Nonesuch Records will jointly produce the single disc recording. A spring in-store arrival is expected.

PS Classics and Nonesuch Records previously united to record the Grammy-nominated cast album of the 2006 Broadway revival of Company.

Tony-winning orchestrator and frequent Sondheim collaborator Jonathan Tunick has also expanded his orchestrations for the Road Show cast recording.

While a complete track list has not been announced, the song list for the Public Theater production of Road Show included "Waste," "It's In Your Hands Now," "Gold!," "Brotherly Love," "The Game," "Addison's Trip," "That Was a Year," "Isn't He Something!," "Land Boom!," "Talent," "You," "The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened," "The Game (reprise)," "Addison's City," "Boca Raton," "Get Out," "Go" and "Finale."

The Road Show album marks a return to the property for Krasker, who co-produced the Nonesuch Records world premiere recording of the musical's earlier incarnation, Bounce, which played out-of-town engagements at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and Washington, DC's Kennedy Center in 2004. Tony-winning Sweeney Todd director John Doyle helmed the Public Theater world premiere of Road Show. The cast featured Tony winner Michael Cerveris and Alexander Gemignani as the eccentric Wilson and Addison Mizner, respectively, as well as Alma Cuervo as Mama, William Parry as Papa, Claybourne Elder as Hollis and ensemble members Aisha de Haas, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Mylinda Hull, Mel Johnson, Jr., Orville Mendoza, Anne L. Nathan, Tom Nelis, Matt Stocke, William Youmans and Kristine Zbornik.

Featuring a book by John Weidman, Road Show spans 40 years of American history, from the Gold Rush to the Florida real-estate boom in the 1930's. Press notes for the work read: "Road Show is the story of two brothers whose quest for the American dream turns into a test of morality and judgment that changes their lives in unexpected ways."

Road Show began performances at the Public Oct. 28, 2008, and officially opened Nov. 18. The production concluded its extended run Dec. 28, 2008.

Alma Cuervo, Michael Cerveris, William Parry and Alexander Gemignani in <i>Road Show</i>
Alma Cuervo, Michael Cerveris, William Parry and Alexander Gemignani in Road Show Photo by Joan Marcus
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