Adding another title to its busy 1998 lineup, RCA Victor has snapped up the rights to record William Finn's A New Brain.
Currently in previews for a June 18 opening at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, the musical is drawn from Finn's experiences following a brain seizure and subsequent hospitalization. The 95-minute, through-sung chamber piece stars Malcolm Gets, Penny Fuller, Mary Testa, Liz Larsen, and Christopher Innvar.
According to RCA Victor's publicist Marilyn Egol, Jay David Saks will produce the single-disk recording (no word on how the show will be condensed to a maximum 76 minutes) for a tentative September release.
With music and lyrics by Finn, A New Brain features a book by Finn and James Lapine, direction by Graciela Daniele, and orchestrations by Michael Starobin. Musical direction is by Ted Sperling, who makes his third consecutive on-stage appearance playing the violin (following Titanic and Saturn Returns.) As with another Lapine show, Passion, the Playbill for A New Brain does not include a song list, nor is one planned, according to a press representative for the production.
RCA Victor's latest acquisition comes on the heels of releases of Ragtime, Forever Tango, Children of Eden, The Sound of Music, and the imminent arrival of Cabaret (June 30) and the London Chicago (July 28.) -- By Andrew Ku