After two years of planning, Playbill plans to launch its own record label in 1998, publisher Philip S. Birsh has announced.
Playbill Records will have three purposes:
* To release on CD beloved out-of-print cast albums and theatre related recordings.
* To assemble compilation recordings of songs already recorded by a given artist, or by a given writer, or on a given theme.
* To record worthy new scores by up-and-coming writers.The inaugural releases, planned for spring 1998, will be scores from original shows presented by TheatreWorks USA, the New York-based company that produces original musicals for young people. Titles are expected to be announced shortly.
In 1996, Playbill On-Line surveyed users about which "lost" titles they wanted to see brought back into print. The results have gone into our planning, but several of the titles have since been released by other record companies. Now we renew the survey, a little more specifically: Which lost or rare albums would you buy if put in release on Playbill Records? Which performers or writers do you think would be served by a compilation album? Which recent musicals that never got a cast recording do you think should be accorded one?
Please post your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you for your help and look forward to serving the theatre community in new ways with this exciting new venture.
-- By Robert Viagas