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No Plans for Release of Lestat Original Cast Recording

According to Elton John's website, the cast recording of Lestat will not be released in the immediate future.

"We have received many messages asking when the Lestat cast album will be released. According to Elton's management, there are no plans to release the album at present," states the website's new page.  The cast album, which was recorded on May 22nd by Mercury Records, was originally announced for a July release.   Guy Babylon and Matt Still produced the cast album.

Inspired by Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, Lestat is the first theatrical score from the legendary songwriting team of Elton John and Bernie TaupinLestat opened at Broadway's Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) on Tuesday, April 25th after beginning previews on March 25th. Lestat was nominated for two 2006 Tony Awards including Carolee Carmello for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Susan Hilferty for Best Costume Design of a Musical.  The show marked the inaugural Broadway show for Warnes Bros. Theatre Ventures.  It closed on May 28th after 33 previews and 39 regular performances.

Lestat, with a book by Linda Woolverton, and was directed by Robert Jess Roth with musical staging by Matt West. Lestat starred Hugh Panaro in the title role, Carmello as Gabrielle, Drew Sarich as Armand, Jim Stanek as Louis, Roderick Hill as Nicolas, Michael Genet as Marius and Allison Fischer as Claudia in a cast of 21.

Lestat "is the romantic and heartbreaking story of the extraordinary journey of one man who escapes the tyranny of his oppressive family only to have his life taken from him. Thrust into the seductive and sensual world of an immortal vampire, Lestat sets out on a road of adventures in a quest for everlasting love and companionship but is forced to reconcile his innate sense of good with his primal need to exist," according to press notes.

Pop legend John's other musicals--written either alone or with a collaborator--include The Lion King, Aida and the London hit Billy Elliot.

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