It's High Time: Encores! Concert of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Will Get Cast Recording
By Kenneth Jones
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the 1949 Broadway score by Jule Styne and Leo Robin, will get its most complete recording yet when Masterworks Broadway releases the Encores! concert cast recording later this year.
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 Blondes cast also includes Rachel York as Dorothy, Clarke Thorell as Gus, Aaron Lazar as Henry plus Simon Jones, Stephen R. Buntrock, Phillip Attmore and Jared Grimes.
For Encores!, the original orchestrations of Don Walker were heard. The concert script adaptation was by David Ives.
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.
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