Norm Lewis, who grew up in Eatonville and graduated from Edgewater High School, will be among those on the Broadway cast recording of Sondheim on Sondheim, which will be recorded this weekend and released in August.
Along with Lewis, the cast features Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat, plus Leslie Kritzer, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey and Matthew Scott. Among the songs is Lewis’s rendition of the Sondheim classic “Being Alive.”
The recording will be done by PS Classics, which also is releasing recordings of this season’s revivals of A Little Night Music and Finian’s Rainbow. PS Classics also is known for solo recordings by such Broadway names as Rebecca Luker, Christine Andreas and the Broadway Boys.
PS Classics announces plans to record the original Broadway cast album of Sondheim on Sondheim
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived and Directed by James Lapine
PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, will record the original Broadway cast album of Sondheim on Sondheim on June 6 and 7. The production, presented by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director), began performances at Studio 54 March 19, opened officially April 22 and recently announced a two-week extension through June 27.
Sondheim on Sondheim stars Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey & Matthew Scott. The production is conceived & directed by James Lapine, with music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
The two-disc set will be produced by PS Classics co-founder, Tommy Krasker, who has twelve Sondheim cast albums to his credit, including the current Broadway production of A Little Night Music, and Roundabout Theatre Company’s productions of Assassins and Pacific Overtures. PS Classics co-founder Philip Chaffin, and Alan D. Marks and Stephen Moore, of the Marks-Moore Group, will serve as executive producers.
The album is currently available for pre-orders at www.psclassics.com.
Although millions of fans know his songs by heart, few know much about Stephen Sondheim himself. Until now. Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed composer in his own words … and music. Through the use of exclusive interview footage, audiences get an inside look at Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. A cast of Broadway’s best, perform brand-new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure. The Sondheim on Sondheim creative team includes David Loud (Music Direction & Arrangements), Michael Starobin (Orchestrations) and Dan Knechtges (Musical Staging).
Sondheim on Sondheim has been nominated for two Tony Awards including Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Barbara Cook) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Dan Moses Schreier). The show also received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revue, four Outer Critics Circle Nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Barbara Cook), Outstanding Set Design (Beowulf Boritt) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Ken Billington), one Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical and two Drama League nominations for Distinguished Performance (Barbara Cook & Vanessa Williams).
Special funding for this recording has been provided by the Shen Family Foundation, HRH Foundation, the Benjamin M. Rosen Family Foundation, Peter and Leni May, Daryl Roth Productions, Barry Diller, Perry and Marty Granoff Foundation and R. Martin Chavez.
PS Classics has preserved many Sondheim productions including A Little Night Music, Company, Frogs, Road Show and the Roundabout productions of Assassins, Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George.
Roundabout has a long relationship with Stephen Sondheim having produced five Tony Award-nominated Sondheim revivals including Company (1995), Follies (2001), Tony Award-winning Assassins (2004), Pacific Overtures (2004) and Sunday in the Park with George (2008). This production of Sondheim on Sondheim marks the fourth Sondheim musical produced by Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54, where Assassins, Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George all played. In 2005, Roundabout honored Sondheim with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre for the indelible impact his life’s work has made on the theatre world. In 2009 Roundabout presented a one-night only gala concert reading of A Little Night Music at Studio 54 starring Natasha Richardson, Victor Garber and Vanessa Redgrave. Roundabout celebrated Sondheim’s 80th birthday and contribution to the theatre by renaming the Broadway theatre located on 43rd Street and Broadway, the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker & Philip Chaffin, and a four-time Grammy nominee (for its cast albums of Assassins, Nine: The Musical, Grey Gardens and Company), PS Classics celebrates the heritage of Broadway and American popular song through its award-winning cast recordings; solo albums by such luminaries as Maureen McGovern, Victoria Clark, Jessica Molaskey and Christine Andreas; and recordings drawn from rare sound archives, including Sondheim Sings. Its most recent releases include solo albums by Liz Callaway, Rebecca Luker and Kate Baldwin, and cast albums of Finian’s Rainbow and A Little Night Music. Visit www.psclassics.com.