The first new
Broadway cast recording of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney
Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street since its
original run 25 years ago will be recorded on Monday,
November 14, according to Playbill.com. The two-CD
recording will be released by Nonesuch.
cast, which also serves as the onstage band for U.K.
director John Doyle's revival at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre,
may have an advantage at the recording session that
they don't have onstage: It's unlikely they'll have to
play their instruments while singing in the studio,
although they will serve as the only musicians on the
production, which won mostly rave reviews after its November
3 opening, stars Hedwig and the Angry Inch
veteran and Tony winner (for Sondheim's
Assassins) Michael Cerveris as Sweeney
Todd--he also plays guitar onstage--and
Broadway's original Evita, Patti LuPone, as Mrs.
Lovett. LuPone also plays orchestral bells and, in a
few songs, the tuba.
reports that the session will be guided by producer Tommy
Krasker, who has helmed six previous Sondheim cast albums as
well as the 2000 recording of Sweeney Todd that
featured the New York Philharmonic. (Advocate.com)