Elegies Recording Available on Internet June 1; in Stores June 24

News   Elegies Recording Available on Internet June 1; in Stores June 24
The original cast recording of Elegies, the Off-Broadway William Finn revue that won a clutch of admiring reviews at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, will be available for purchase on the internet on June 1. The CD will be in stores on June 24.
Betty Buckley (top) and Carolee Carmello in Elegies.
Betty Buckley (top) and Carolee Carmello in Elegies. Photo by Joan Marcus

Fynsworth Alley is recording the show on April 28. The resulting album will feature the original cast of Christian Borle, Betty Buckley, Carolee Carmello, Michael Rupert and Keith Byron Kirk. Elegies recently concluded a brief encore run at LCT April 14-19. The new dates constituted seven performances in all (Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM with one Saturday matinee)—nearly as many shows as the original run of nine presentations.Elegies played only Sundays and Mondays, March 2-30, at the Newhouse, performing on the set of Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme during that show's dark nights. It did not open for review until March 24. Graciela Daniele is the director, with musical direction by Vadim Feichtner and vocal arrangements by Gihieh Lee.

The tunes sung by the cast varied at early performances of the piece, but the songlist has since settled down to a set order. Among the quirky titles are "Mister Choi & Madame G," "Mark's All Male Thanksgiving," "Joe Papp," "The Ballad of Jack Eric Williams (and other 3-named composers)" and "My Dogs." Many took as their subject people Finn had personally known but who had since passed away. Despite the heavy subject matter, many critics described the evening as buoyant and uplifting.

Michael Rupert
Michael Rupert Photo by Joan Marcus
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