Kurt Deutsch, president of Sh-K-Boom Records, told Playbill On-Line that his company will record the charming musical on Monday, April 7 with its original Broadway cast. The nine-person company, led by Melissa Errico and Malcolm Gets, also features Norm Lewis, John Cunningham, Christopher Fitzgerald, Bill Nolte, Nora Mae Lyng, Lewis Cleale and Sarah Litzsinger.
Deutsch hopes to release the CD as soon as possible, aiming for a June release.
In addition to solo albums by Adam Pascal, Sherie Rene Scott and Alice Ripley, Sh-K-Boom Records has recently begun to record original cast albums. Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years and the recent Off-Broadway comedy, Debbie Does Dallas, are now among the Sh K-Boom catalogue. For more about the fledgling company, visit www.sh-k boom.com.
Amour began Broadway previews Sept. 21, 2003, and officially opened to mixed reviews on Oct. 20. The show played 31 previews and 17 regular performances. A spokesperson for the show said that Tony voters were invited to the production, so it is possible the musical could receive one or more Tony nominations later this season. A translation of the hit French tuner Le Passe Muraille, the American version was produced by The Shubert Organization, Jean Doumanian Productions Inc. and USA Ostar Theatricals. Featuring music by award-winning composer Legrand, the musical was translated by Jeremy Sams. Original French lyrics were written by Didier van Cauwelaert.
Tony winner James Lapine, who helmed Broadway's Dirty Blonde, Passion, Sunday in the Park with George and both the current and original productions of Into the Woods, was the musical's director. The remainder of the creative team comprised Jane Comfort (choreography), Scott Pask (scenic design), Dona Granata (costume design), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (sound design), Tom Watson (hair and wig design), Todd Ellison (musical direction and vocal arrangements) and Michel Legrand (orchestrations). Jim Steinmeyer, who has created illusions for Doug Henning and David Copperfield, was responsible for the musical's illusion designs.
Based on a French short story by Marcel Ayme, Amour is set in post World War II Paris and concerns the life of Dutilleul, a civil servant who discovers he has the ability to walk through walls. The French version, Le Passe Muraille, won the Prix Moliere for Best Musical in 1997, the equivalent of the Tony Award.