Lestat Cast Album Is as Elusive as Night

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The cast album for the Elton John-Bernie Taupin musical was supposed to be in stores by July, but there is no sign of it yet. Is it, like a vampire, undead?

"Mercury Records (which is part of the Universal Music family) acquired the rights to produce and distribute the Lestat cast album," according to a statement from the producers of the Broadway show, which closed May 28. "Mercury has recorded the cast album [May 22] but has not yet announced when it will be distributed. We are also hopeful that Mercury will do this soon."

A statement at Elton John's website confirmed that no plan for the disc has been made public. A Playbill.com call to Universal Music was not returned.

At the time of the recording session, the producers said Mercury was aiming for a July release.

Inspired by Anne Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles" novels, Lestat is the first theatrical score from the legendary songwriting team of composer John and lyricist Taupin, who penned pop hits in the 1970s. The show opened at the Palace Theatre on April 25 following previews, and an earlier 2005 tryout in San Francisco.

The original Broadway cast recording was produced by Guy Babylon and Matt Still for Mercury Records. *

Lestat was nominated for two 2006 Tony Awards including Carolee Carmello for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Susan Hilferty for Best Costume Design of a Musical.

Lestat, starring Hugh Panaro in the title role, also featured Carolee Carmello as Gabrielle, Drew Sarich as Armand, Jim Stanek as Louis, Roderick Hill as Nicolas, Michael Genet as Marius and Allison Fischer as Claudia, has a cast of 21 that features Rachel Coloff, Nikki Renee Daniels, Joseph Dellger, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Chris Peluso, Megan Reinking, Sarah Solie, Amy Sparrow, Will Swenson, Steve Wilson and Tommar Wilson.

With musical supervision by Guy Babylon, Lestat has orchestrations by Steve Margoshes and Guy Babylon, with additional orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin, musical direction by Brad Haak, and vocal arrangements by Todd Ellison.

Lestat has a book by Linda Woolverton, is directed by Robert Jess Roth with musical staging by Matt West. The creative team included scenic designer Derek McLane, costume designer Tony Award-winner Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Kenneth Posner, sound designer Jonathan Deans, visual concept designer Dave McKean, and hair designer Tom Watson.

For more information, visit www.lestat.com.

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures' Gregg Maday produced the musical. The cast album was recorded at Sony Studios.

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