It's a Match! PS Classics Will Record New Fiddler on the Roof Cast Album

News   It's a Match! PS Classics Will Record New Fiddler on the Roof Cast Album
The Broadway revival company of Fiddler on the Roof will be heard on a cast album recorded by the PS Classic label, Playbill On-Line has learned.

The 36-member cast, including Alfred Molina as Tevye and Randy Graff as Golde, and 25-piece orchestra are expected in the studio in late April, and PS Classics anticipates an early June release.

For fans, it will be a fresh listen to an old and beloved score. PS Classics co-founder and executive producer Tommy Krasker anticipates a full 75-minute disc, which will allow for the inclusion of "a great deal of material not heard on the original cast album, as well as the revival's new song, 'Topsy-Turvy.'"

Among pieces expected to be heard are the lesser-known "Chavaleh" and the sequences in which Tevye's inner thoughts are revealed ("They gave each other a pledge...").

This marks the second Broadway cast album from the young label devoted to the heritage of Broadway music and American pop songs. PS Classics' 2003 recording of Nine was Grammy Award-nominated earlier this year. A cast album of A Year With Frog and Toad, recorded before the show went to Broadway, will be released by PS Classics April 6.

Krasker told Playbill On-Line, "Philip [Chaffin, co-founder of PS Classics] and I saw the revival and thought it was brilliant.  I mean, like most people, I've seen a lot of Fiddlers: I've music directed Fiddlers, and accompanied Fiddlers, and seen Philip perform in Fiddlers. Heck, I saw the original Fiddler.  I didn't expect to be as blown away as I was, but for me, this revival truly honored the original while daring to see it through new eyes; and I found myself moved as if I were seeing it for the first time.  We're really thrilled to have the chance to record it." David Leveaux directed the new revival, at the Minskoff Theatre, with Kevin Stites serving as musical director.

Larry Hochman orchestrated the new song, "Topsy-Turvy," written in the last year, which takes the place of "The Rumor." Don Walker's original orchestrations sweeten the score by composer Jerome Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick.

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