Ghostlight Records is currently recording a new cast album of Cole Porter’s 1930 musical The New Yorkers, based on the recent Encores! presentation, adapted by Artistic Director Jack Viertel.
The album, produced by Berman and Lawrence Manchester, will feature the Encores! principal cast, including Tam Mutu, Scarlett Strallen, Cyrille Aimée, Clyde Alves, Todd Buonopane, Arnie Burton, Kevin Chamberlin, Mylinda Hull, Robyn Hurder, Byron Jennings, Eddie Korbich, Jeffrey Schecter, Tyler Lansing Weaks, and Ruth Williamson.
The ensemble includes Matt Bauman, Sam Bolen, Christine DiGiallonardo, Brian Flores, Tessa Grady, Matthew Griffin, Curtis Holland, Evan Kasprzak, Marina Lazzaretto, Kathryn McCreary, Timothy McDevitt, Kristyn Pope, Mariah Reshea Reives, Lindsay Roberts, Brendan Stimson, Cody Williams, and Joseph Wiggan.
Inspired by cartoonist Peter Arno’s work for The New Yorker, the musical centers on socialite Alice Wentworth (Strallen), whose bootlegger beau, Al Spanish (Mutu), leads her on a madcap romp from Park Avenue to Sing Sing and back again.
The New Yorkers produced a number of standards, including “I Happen to Like New York” and “Love for Sale.” Much of the original material for the musical had been lost, however, with the only surviving material consisting of copies of the script with barely decipherable notes from a stage manager. Viertel, along with Berman and a research team, worked at piecing the show back together, making edits and inserting additional Porter songs. Berman developed the arrangements for the revival, which were orchestrated by Josh Clayton and Larry Moore.