PS Classics preserved the spring 2006 version of the Scott Frankel-Michael Korie score of the musical that moved to Broadway by October, but new songs were written in the interim — and a major cast change occurred between the Playwrights Horizons run and the current commercial engagement at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
On Feb. 13 the Broadway troupers will go into a Manhattan recording studio to sing on new tracks that will be folded into existing tracks to create a freshened cast album to be released in March.
The new album — billed as the original Broadway cast recording — will be produced by Grammy Award winner Steven Epstein (The Light in the Piazza) and include the show's fall 2006 additions, including "The Girl Who Has Everything," "Goin' Places," "Marry Well," the final moments of the musical, and the many numbers in which cast newcomer Erin Davie appears.
The recording will also offer a repackaged booklet.
In the tale of mother and daughter socialites Edith and Edie Beale, Erin Davie plays young Little Edie Beale on Broadway. Sara Gettelfinger played the role Off-Broadway and is heard on the "world premiere recording." Don't expect the albums to be next to each other in the record store: Once supplies are gone by March, the first disc will be replaced by the Broadway album, which the authors see as their definitive version of their work, PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker confirmed to Playbill.com.
"The new recording will feature the Broadway cast and preserve the changes made for the Broadway production by author Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie, including several new songs," according to the producers.
The Grey Gardens score recently won The ASCAP Foundation's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award for composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie, and was also nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin and Music Director is Lawrence Yurman.
The cast of Grey Gardens includes Christine Ebersole (celebrated for playing dual roles, Edith in Act One and Little Edie in Act Two); Mary-Louise Wilson as a decrepit older Big Edie; five-time Tony Award nominee John McMartin as both "Major" Bouvier and Norman Vincent Peale; Matt Cavenaugh as both Joe Kennedy, Jr. and Jerry; Erin Davie as Young Little Edie Beale; Kelsey Fowler (in her Broadway debut) as Lee Bouvier; Sarah Hyland (title role in Paper Mill's Annie) as Jacqueline Bouvier; Obie Award winner Michael Potts as Brooks Sr. and Brooks Jr.; and two-time Tony Award nominee Bob Stillman as Gould.
PS Classics is the Grammy-nominated label founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker and Philip Chaffin. The label is known for its diverse line of show albums, solo CDs and songbook recordings. Its cast albums celebrate Broadway (Assassins, Nine: The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, the recently-released Company), Off-Broadway (My Life with Albertine, Lone Star Love) and regional theatre (First Lady Suite).
PS Classics is distributed exclusively by Image Entertainment. For future updates on the new cast recording, visit www.greygardensthemusical.com and www.psclassics.com.
Grey Gardens is produced by East of Doheny, Staunch Entertainment, Randall Wreghitt/Mort Swinsky, Michael Alden and Edwin W. Schloss, in association with Playwrights Horizons.
Tickets are available by going online to www.telecharge.com, calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting The Walter Kerr Theatre box office, 219 W. 48th Street.