The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Record Score for Cast Album, April 5

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The cast for the upcoming Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee head into the studio April 5 to record the original cast album for release on Ghostlight Records.

Kurt Deutsch, president of Ghostlight Records, Sh-K-Boom's new division,will produce the album of the musical featuring a score by composer William Finn with Grammy Award winner Joel Moss. "It is an honor to work with William Finn, who is one of America’s finest musical theatre composers," Deutsch said. "We hope to capture the energy, spirit and fun that makes Spelling Bee such a unique theatrical experience."

Ghostlight — created by Sh-K-Boom Records to concentrate on more traditional theatre fare — has previously recorded cast albums for Finian's Rainbow, The New Moon and Broadway's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (with Dirty Rotten Records) and Little Women.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee began New York performances at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theater Jan. 11 and opened Feb. 7 to positive critical and audience response. The run, which extended upon completely selling out in five days, will next transfer to Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre.

David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company and Second Stage Theater present the work starting previews April 15 and opening May 2. The new musical pits a motley mix of 10 contestants (six actors, four audience members) against each other in a battle for the championship of the local spelling competition. Also on hand at the showdown are a comfort counselor, the longtime Bee hostess (and former champ) and local junior high school vice-principal.

The cast of Spelling Bee includes Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Jose Llana, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jay Reiss and Sarah Saltzberg.

Tony Award-winning Falsettos collaborators — composer William Finn and director James Lapine — reteam on the work with newcomer librettist Rachel Sheinkin (Striking 12) on a concept by Rebecca Feldman.

Based on an original play C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E by The Farm, the musical made its world premiere production — under the direction of Michael Unger and Feldman — at Sheffield, Massachusetts' Barrington Stage Company in July 2004.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will play at the Circle in the Square Theatre, which is located at 1633 Broadway (between 50 and 51 Streets).

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