Recording of Sondheim's Road Show Aiming for Spring Release

News   Recording of Sondheim's Road Show Aiming for Spring Release
The Public Theater world premiere of the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical Road Show will be preserved on disc by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker.
Alexander Gemignani
Alexander Gemignani Photo by Joan Marcus

Krasker, who has produced ten Sondheim cast albums – including the Grammy-nominated revival recordings of Assassins, Sweeney Todd and Company – told that he will produce the recording of the Sondheim musical that explores the life of the eccentric Mizner brothers.

The cast of the recent Public Theater engagement of Road Show will assemble in February to record the single CD; a spring in-store arrival is likely, Krasker said. Sondheim announced plans for the cast recording during an interview with New York Times columnist Frank Rich at Avery Fisher Hall on Jan. 18.

The Road Show album marks a return to the property for Krasker, who co-produced the 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. The Public Theater engagement of Road Show boasted new and reassigned songs, lyrical revisions and the excision of a supporting character.

Tony-winning Sweeney Todd director John Doyle helmed the Public Theater world premiere. 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.

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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