PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, will release the new Broadway cast album of the Kennedy Center's acclaimed revival of FOLLIES on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. The two-disc set is produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker, who has helmed over a dozen Sondheim cast recordings. The recording is now available for preorder on the label's website, www.psclassics.com.
The discs feature a 52-page full-color booklet with essay, synopsis, lyrics, production photos and a brief note from producer Krasker, in which he explains, “When the opportunity arose this year to record a new production of Follies, I told Steve Sondheim that I wanted to do an expansive recording that not only conveyed the glories of the score, but captured the experience of the show itself. I mapped out a recording edition, and happily, Steve was enthusiastic.” This New Broadway Cast Recording features not only the songs from the production, but carefully chosen dialogue lead-ins, scenes and speeches; from the haunting soprano sax solo that begins the show to the ghostly “Hey, up there” strain that ends it, these two CDs comprise nearly 110 minutes of Sondheim and Goldman’s Follies, resulting in a singular Follies experience on disc.
FOLLIES features a book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The production is directed by Eric Schaeffer with choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by James Moore. With a 28–piece orchestra, FOLLIES features a cast of 41 and stars two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, four-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, two-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy Award nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and 5-time Olivier Award nominee Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion.
The production also stars Tony Award nominee Don Correia as Theodore Whitman, Christian Delcroix as Young Buddy, Grammy & Emmy Award winner Rosalind Elias as Heidi Schiller, Colleen Fitzpatrick as Dee Dee West, Lora Lee Gayer as Young Sally, Michael Hayes as Roscoe, Leah Horowitz as Young Heidi, Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell as Hattie Walker, Florence Lacey as Sandra Crane, Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil as Solange LaFitte, David Sabin as Dimitri Weismann, Kirsten Scott as Young Phyllis, Frederick Strother as Max Deems, Nick Verina as Young Ben, Tony Award nominee Susan Watson as Emily Whitman and Terri White as Stella Deems.
Rounding out the ensemble are Lawrence Keith Alexander, Brandon Bieber, John Carroll, Mathew deGuzman, Sara Edwards, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Suzanne Hylenski, Danielle Jordan, Amanda Kloots-Larsen, Joseph Kolinski, Brittany Marcin, Erin N. Moore, Pamela Otterson, Clifton Samuels, Kiira Schmidt, Brian Shepard, Jessica Sheridan, Amos Wolff, Ashley Yeater.
Elaine Paige is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.
Label: P.S. Classics