Cast of Death Takes a Holiday Performs at Barnes and Noble Oct. 18

News   Cast of Death Takes a Holiday Performs at Barnes and Noble Oct. 18
The cast of Death Takes a Holiday joins Tony Award-winning writers Maury Yeston and Thomas Meehan Oct. 18 to celebrate the release of the PS Classics original cast album of the lushly-scored musical at the Upper East Side Barnes and Noble.

The cast, including Kevin Earley, Jill Paice, Rebecca Luker, Matt Cavenaugh and Mara Davi, will offer highlights from Death Takes a Holiday beginning at 5 PM. The Upper East Side Barnes and Noble is located at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Two-time Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Yeston (Nine and Titanic) and multiple Tony-winning librettist Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers) join the cast for a signing and discussion. The musical also has contributions by late librettist Peter Stone (1776).

The world-premiere cast album, produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker, was released Oct. 11.

The track listing for Death Takes a Holiday is as follows:

1. In the Middle of Your Life / Nothing Happened
2. How Will I Know?
3. Centuries
4. Why Do All Men?
5. Death Is in the House
6. Alive!
7. Life's a Joy
8. Who Is This Man?
9. Life's a Joy (reprise)
10. Shimmy Like They Do in Paree
11. Roberto's Eyes
12. Alone Here With You
13. Something's Happened
14. Losing Roberto
15. What Do You Do
16. More and More
17. Finally to Know
18. I Thought That I Could Live
19. December Time
20. Pavane
21. Finale: Grazia and Sirki Death Takes a Holiday draws on Albert Casella's Italian play about the Grim Reaper taking human form to see what all the fuss is about this thing called life. He ends up falling in love with a beautiful woman at an Italian villa that is filled with world-weary characters.

Kevin Stites is the musical supervisor/musical director. Orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman (The Book of Mormon). Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Roundabout's Broadway production of Mrs. Warren's Profession) directed the engagement that concluded Sept. 4 Off-Broadway at Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre.

Earley, who succeeded British star Julian Ovenden in the role of Death/Prince Sirki, owing to Ovenden's vocal illness, is heard on the album, along with Linda Balgord (Contessa Danielli), Matt Cavenaugh (Eric Fenton), Mara Davi (Alice), Joy Hermalyn (Cora), Jay Jaski (Lorenzo), Simon Jones (Dr. Dario Albione), Rebecca Luker (Duchess Lamberti), Patricia Noonan (Sophia), Jill Paice (Grazia), Michael Siberry (Duke Lamberti), Alexandra Socha (Daisy Fenton), Don Stephenson (Fidele) and Max Von Essen (Corrado Montelli).

Read's feature about the history and crafting of Death Takes a Holiday.


Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker & Philip Chaffin, and a six-time Grammy nominee (for its cast albums of Assassins, Nine: The Musical, Grey Gardens, Company, A Little Night Music and Sondheim on Sondheim), PS Classics celebrates the heritage of Broadway and American popular song through its award-winning cast recordings; solo albums by such stars as Maureen McGovern, Victoria Clark, Jessica Molaskey and Christine Andreas; and recordings drawn from rare sound archives, including "Sondheim Sings." Recent releases include the studio cast album of the long-lost Vernon Duke/Ogden Nash 1946 musical Sweet Bye and Bye and the Off-Broadway cast album of A Minister's Wife. The new Broadway cast recording of Follies will be released in November. Visit the label's website,

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