Putting It Together: London Cast of Sunday in the Park Records CD

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Record producer Tommy Krasker, of PS Classics, is in a London recording studio March 6-7 with the new London cast of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park With George.

What they're putting together is expected to be the most complete recording yet of the 1984 score of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical about art, artists and artistic legacies. The new cast album is expected to be released in the U.S. in late May.

PS Classics co-founder Krasker told Playbill.com, via e-mail from London, that the plan is for "a very full recording."

Krasker said, ''I timed all the musical passages, as well as several key moments of underscored dialogue that I very much wanted to include, and it clocked in at about 87 minutes. I thought about trimming it down to 79 minutes to fit on one CD, but then I thought, why? The production is extraordinary, and the performances are rich and powerful and nuanced. I thought, let's record everything we want to. If we end up making trims in post-production, it might come down to one CD, but I'm certainly not opposed to going to two CDs either.''

Krasker wanted to set the record clear about reports that cuts were made in Act Two in the current West End-bound production. The news is misleading, he said.

''Some of the dialogue in the 'Chromolume' scene was inverted, with the authors' full permission, but there wasn't one musical cut made in this production," Krasker said. PS Classics is aiming for a late May release in the United States, and will probably make it available shortly before then in the UK, in order to coincide with the show's mid-May transfer to the West End.

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The new production began at The Menier Chocolate Factory and will be moving to Wyndham's Theatre in the West End beginning May 13 toward a May 23 opening night.

Krasker has overseen eight previous Sondheim cast albums. This is the first London cast album for the American label, and will mark only the second time the 1984 Sondheim score has been preserved on disc.

PS Classics is distributed exclusively by Image Entertainment, whose releases include the DVD of the original Broadway production of Sunday, the unique musical exploration of the passion of artists.

Olivier Award-winner Daniel Evans (for Merrily We Roll Along at Donmar Warehouse) stars as George and 2006 Olivier Award-nominee Jenna Russell (currently starring in the West End hit Guys and Dolls) will be Dot at Wyndham's Theatre. Both will be heard on the CD, although Russell will first appear in the production when it plays the West End.

This new production of Sunday in the Park With George is directed by Sam Buntrock (who also directed the award-winning London revival of Assassins) and designed by David Farley with projection design by Timothy Bird. The staging won the 2006 Critics' Circle Drama Award for Best Design; the Best Off-West End Production in this year's Theatregoer's Choice awards; and has been nominated for Best Musical in the Time Out Live Awards.

In early January, The Menier Chocolate Factory announced that its highly acclaimed production of Sunday in the Park With George would extend its sold-out run for three weeks until March 12. All performances sold out in 48 hours.

The production's design recreates the world of Georges Seurat's masterpiece "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" with the use of new projection and animation technology.

The Menier Chocolate Factory production is presented in the West End by Broadway producer Boyett Ostar, David Babani & Danielle Tarento for Chocolate Factory Productions, Caro Newling for Neal Street Productions and Mark Rubinstein. This team has been supported by Cameron Mackintosh in his capacity as the new owner of Wyndham's Theatre.

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Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker and Philip Chaffin, PS Classics boasts a diverse line of show albums, solo CDs and songbook recordings. To date, it has produced three Sondheim cast albums: The Frogs, Pacific Overtures and its Grammy-nominated recording of Assassins. Other cast albums include Fiddler on the Roof, A Year With Frog and Toad and First Lady Suite.

Solo artists heard on PS Classics CDs include Christine Andreas, Jessica Molaskey and Rebecca Luker, while the composers highlighted range from Jerome Moross to Maury Yeston to Jason Robert Brown. Visit www..psclassics.com.

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