"Nine" Soundtrack Will Hit Stores in December

By Adam Hetrick
October 26, 2009

The soundtrack from the upcoming film adaptation of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Tony-winning musical Nine will arrive in stores nationwide Dec. 22.

Geffen Records will release the soundtrack to the film that features three new songs penned by Yeston, including "Guarda la Luna" (for Sophia Loren), "Cinema Italiano" (for Kate Hudson) and "Take It All" (for Marion Cotillard).

Originally scheduled to arrive in theatres Nov. 25, "Nine" has been delayed until Dec. 18 in New York and Los Angeles, with nationwide release on Dec. 25.

The film is helmed by award-winning "Chicago" director Rob Marshall and stars two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as film director Guido Contini. Late Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter Anthony Minghella is credited as the "Nine" screenwriter. The film also features choreography by Marshall and John DeLuca.

The women of Guido's life are portrayed on screen by Penelope Cruz (Carla), Marion Cotillard (Luisa), Sophia Loren (Guido's Mother), Nicole Kidman (Claudia), Kate Hudson (Stephanie), Judi Dench (Liliane La Fleur), Fergie (Saraghina), Ricky Tognazzi, Giuseppe Cederna, Valerio Mastandrea and Martina Stella.

Based on the semi-autobiographical Fellini film "8 ," Nine premiered on Broadway in 1982, starring Raul Julia, Anita Morris and Karen Akers. The Tommy Tune-directed production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 2003 Broadway saw a revival boasting an all-star cast including Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski and Mary Stuart Masterson. Directed by David Leveaux and reset in the early 1960s, the revival would win two Tonys, including Best Revival.

Nine centers on Guido Contini, a heralded film director (much like Federico Fellini) who, fearing he is losing his touch, escapes to a Venetian spa for rejuvenation. Blurring the lines of fantasy and reality, the women in Contini's life swirl about him, from his mother, to his wife, to his mistress, all of whom ultimately serve as dangerous distraction and inspiration.