Separate Disc of Brooke Shields' Wonderful Town to Reach Stores Dec. 13

By Kenneth Jones
17 Nov 2004

Brooke Shields and Jennifer Hope Wills will step into the recording studio Nov. 18 to record vocal tracks that will energize a new — and second — cast album of Broadway's current Wonderful Town, DRG Records president Hugh Fordin told Playbill On-Line.



Their vocal tracks will be dropped into the existing ensemble and orchestral recording of the cast album that was released earlier this year by DRG (featuring Donna Murphy and Jennifer Westfeldt). Shields and Wills got solid reviews after they replaced Murphy and Westfeldt earlier this fall.

It's rare to have two cast albums on the market when a show is still running. A recording of Kiss of the Spider Woman with Vanessa Williams and her leading men was released during the run of that show (Chita Rivera, Anthony Crivello and Brent Carver's cast album was already on the market). A second cast of Hello, Dolly! was also released during the run of that show when Pearl Bailey and an all-black troupe came in as a replacement company (some fans prefer the energy and vocals of that new cast over the original).

This is the second time Shields has dropped her vocals into an existing cast disc for re-release. She dubbed over Rosie O'Donnell's tracks for a second recording of the revised revival of Grease!

Release date for the disc is Dec. 13. Brooke Shields has extended her stay in the show at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre to Jan. 30, 2005.