By Kenneth Jones
22 May 2012
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
The album, drawing on the acclaimed May 9-13 New York City Center Encores! concert featuring NBC "Smash" star Megan Hilty as Lorelei Lee, conducted by Rob Berman, will be recorded in New York City this week, Sony announced. The score features "A Little Girl From Little Rock," "Bye Bye Baby" and "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend," and well as "It's High Time," "Just a Kiss Apart," "I Love What I'm Doing," "Sunshine," "You Say You Care" and more.
Hilty (Broadway's 9 to 5) is a Sony artist. She's also working on recording her first solo album for Sony Masterworks/Columbia Records; it's expected in early 2013.
The Encores! audience got to hear complete dance sequences and obscurities from the score ("In the Champ de Mars," "Finaletto," "Coquette," "Button Up With Esmond"). A complete track list for the recording has not been revealed.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, based on the novel by Anita Loos, has music by Styne, lyrics by Robin and book by Loos and Joseph Fields. The show made a star of Carol Channing; an original cast album preserves her work, and some of the score. (There's also a 1995 Broadway revival cast album; that run was short-lived.) The property (with new plot and songs) is best known for its 1953 film version starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.
For more information, visit masterworksbroadway.com.