By Sean McGrath
19 Jan 1999
RCA Victor has announced they will record Michael Mayer's revival of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. The studio recording will take place Jan. 20, before the cast begins New York previews Jan. 23, 1999. The Anthony Rapp starrer is scheduled to open on Broadway Feb. 4.
Release for the new cast recording is slated for March, hoping to capitalize on enthusiasm and media coverage of the recently-opened piece. The recording will be produced by Andrew Lippa, with Vincent Caro to engineer.
The cast for the YAGMCB revival includes: Roger Bart (Triumph of Love) as Snoopy, Kristin Chenoweth as Sally (Steel Pier), Ilana Levine (The Last Night of Ballyhoo) as Lucy, Stanley Wayne Mathis (The Lion King) as Schroeder, Anthony Rapp (Rent) as Charlie Brown, and B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly) as Linus.
Charlie Brown is based on the long-running Charles M. Schulz comic strip "Peanuts," which features such characters as luckless Charlie, Lucy the shrew, blanket-toting Linus and piano-playing Schroeder. Begun Oct. 2, 1950, the strip now appears in more than 2,600 newspapers internationally. The musical opened Off-Broadway at Theatre 80 St. Marks March 7, 1967 and comprises loosely-arranged songs and vignettes -- a slice of the lives of these elementary-school aged characters. Songs include "Happiness Is," "Book Report" and "My Blanket and Me." The original cast recording of the score was released in 1967 by MGM.
For tickets and information on Charlie Brown call (212) 239-6200.