While original cast recordings are common fare for Broadway musicals, it's not usual practice to burn and release CDs of solo shows on Broadway -- comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Sandra Bernhard being exceptions to the rule. But that's exactly what will happen when RCA Victor releases a condensed version of David Hare's solo, Via Dolorosa, April 27.
The CD is a 77-minute studio recording, made in London and broadcast over the BBC shortly after the show closed 'cross the pond.
In 1997, after many invitations, 50-year-old playwright Hare decided to pay a three-week visit to the state of Israel, then celebrating its own 50th birthday. Deeply touched by the experience, he began a memoir which became Via Dolorosa or "Way of Sadness." The play offers a meditation on the time spent in both Israel and Palestine, which leaves the author questioning his own values in the context of the powerful beliefs of those he met.
The production opened on Broadway March 18, for a limited Broadway engagement through June 13. For the week ending April 11, Via Dolorosa grossed $128,039 and reached 82.1 percent of attendance -- the latter a significant increase over recent weeks.
For tickets and information on Via Dolorosa, a Lincoln Center production, at the Booth Theatre, call (212) 239-6200.