Rodgers & Hammerstein's PIPE DREAM, recorded live at New York City Center's Encores! series in March, will be released by Ghostlight Records today – Tuesday September 18. Produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company, this preservation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1955 Broadway musical rarity marks the first time an Encores! musical has been recorded live.
Featuring a cast of 29 under the direction of Marc Bruni, and an orchestra of 30 musicians under the baton of Music Director Rob Berman, this new recording of PIPE DREAM features the original Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations and John Morris dance arrangements, meticulously restored over the past two years by Bruce Pomahac, Director of Music at Rodgers & Hammerstein, and his team.
"PIPE DREAM was unavailable for many years, and we re-introduced the title with the Encores! production," says Ted Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein. "It came out better than any of us could have imagined, so we jumped on the idea of creating a live recording. Ghostlight was a great partner to take the ride with us, and I am grateful to everyone who made this happen."
Bringing the score gloriously to life, and captured on the live album, is the Encores! cast which includes Will Chase as Doc ("All Kinds of People," "All at Once You Love Her," "The Man I Used to Be"), Laura Osnes as Suzy ("Everybody's Got a Home But Me," "The Next Time It Happens"), Leslie Uggams as Fauna ("Sweet Thursday"), Tom Wopat as Mac ("A Lopsided Bus," "The Party That We're Gonna Have Tomorrow Night") and Stephen Wallem as Hazel ("Thinkin'").
Rodgers & Hammerstein's PIPE DREAM is produced for records by Bruce Pomahac, Rob Berman and Ted Chapin. Co-producer: Scott Lehrer. Executive Producer: Kurt Deutsch. For more information on the recording, visit http://sh-k-boom.com/pipedream.shtml. Learn more about PIPE DREAM and Rodgers & Hammerstein at www.rnh.com. Like Rodgers & Hammerstein on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rodgersandhammerstein. Follow @RnH_Org.