Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Victoria Clark, Judy Kaye, Ron Raines Record "Complete" One Touch of Venus

News   Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Victoria Clark, Judy Kaye, Ron Raines Record "Complete" One Touch of Venus
Jay Records, with the support of The Kurt Weill Foundation, will release the first complete recording of composer Kurt Weill and lyricist Ogden Nash's score to the 1943 musical One Touch of Venus. Melissa Errico will sing the title goddess, who visits the modern world and admits, "I'm a Stranger Here Myself."

Melissa Errico
Melissa Errico

Errico made a splash as Venus in a 1996 Encores! concert revival of the show, which put her on the map (New York Times critic Ben Brantley enthused, "Where, you may ask, has Melissa Errico been all our lives?"). She would later star in Broadway's High Society, Amour (for which she was Tony Award-nominated), Dracula and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. (Her pre-Venus Broadway credits were Anna Karenina and My Fair Lady co-starring Richard Chamberlain.)

The One Touch of Venus recording cast includes Brent Barrett (Chicago) as Rodney, Ron Raines (Follies) as Whitelaw Savory, Tony winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza) as Molly, Tony winner Judy Kaye (The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!) as Mrs. Kramer, Lauren Worsham (NYCO's Candide, Goodspeed Musicals' Carnival!) as Gloria Kramer, Jacob Smith as Taxi and Michael "Tuba" McKinsey as Stanley.

In addition to the complete score on two discs, the recording will include two cut songs — "Vive La Difference" and "Who Am I?"

Some of the recording's tracks featuring The National Symphony Orchestra were laid down a few years ago, with John Owen Edwards conducting. Additional recording (under the baton of James Holmes) will be completed in London (in March and April) and New York (in June and July). The recording will use Weill's original orchestrations and arrangements.

The release date will be December 2012, according to Jay Records. One Touch of Venus was originally a vehicle for Mary Martin. It had a book by Nash and S.J. Perelman, direction by Elia Kazan and musical staging by Agnes De Mille.

Some of the songs from the score would find wider life in cabarets and recordings. Its best-known songs are "Foolish Heart," "West Wind," "Speak Low" and "That's Him."


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