Ghostlight Records to Release NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY Original Cast Recording, Dec 18
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by BWW News Desk
Ghostlight Records has announced the debut digital release of the Original Cast Recording of the acclaimed musical No Way To Treat A Lady on Tuesday, December 18. The show has music, lyrics and book by Douglas J. Cohen, adapted from the novel by William Goldman (Marathon Man, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid), which became a renowned movie. The recording is based on the 1996 Off-Broadway revival at the York Theatre Company directed by Scott Schwartz and starring Adam Grupper, Paul Schoeffler, Alix Korey, and Marguerite MacIntyre. It was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and two Outer Critics Circle Awards (Best Revival and Best Featured Actress). Plans are underway for a Broadway production with an all-star cast.
No Way To Treat A Lady is a theatrically-charged musical comedy thriller about a publicity crazed actor turned killer and the endearing detective who pursues him. It is a devilish blend of humor, romance and murder with four meaty roles, two requiring great versatility: the killer adopts a myriad of disguises including a tango instructor, French waiter, female barfly and priest while one actress plays the detective's mother, the killer's mother and three of his victims.
Since the York Theatre Company revival, No Way To Treat A Lady has had significant productions at The Colony Theatre in Los Angeles, Signature Theatre in Washington DC, the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Barrington Stage Company in The Berkshires, Lyric Stage of Boston, Phoenix Theatre in Arizona, The Cape Playhouse in Cape Cod, a return engagement to the Florida Studio Theatre in 2002, a critically acclaimed production at Theatreworks in Hartford, a 2012 tour in Sweden, an award-winning production in Barcelona (winner of Best Musical), productions in Germany, a six-month tour in Italy (entitled Serial Killer Per Signora), as well as productions at the Darlinghurst Theatre in Australia, the Talk is Free Theatre in Ontario, and an acclaimed production in Amsterdam. No Way To Treat A Lady has been translated into six languages including German, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, and Catalan – and soon Turkish.
No Way To Treat A Lady premiered off-Broadway in a sold-out, extended run at the Hudson Guild Theatre in 1987 directed by Tony Award winner Jack Hofsiss and starring Stephen Bogardus, Liz Callaway, Peter Slutsker and June Gable.
Douglas J. Cohen is the recipient of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting, two Richard Rodgers Awards (No Way To Treat A Lady and The Gig), a Jonathan Larson Grant (Barnstormer), a Drama Desk nomination (Children’s Letters To God), the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation Award, and the inaugural Noël Coward Prize (The Gig). Other musicals include The Opposite of Sex (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Big Time (with Douglas Carter Beane, NYMF Festival), Glimmerglass (Goodspeed-at-Chester), and the play, Lovely Send Anywhere (a finalist for the inaugural Laurents-Hatcher Award). His latest completed musical, Nine Wives (co-written with Dan Elish), has just been chosen for Goodspeed’s Festival of New Artists.
Sh-K-Boom with its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings – building a library of over 120 records in the last 12 years, featuring the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s biggest stars. Founded by Kurt Deutsch and wife Sherie Rene Scott, the label was created by and for the Broadway community and has reinvented the musical theatre recording landscape through their high-quality recordings, innovative marketing techniques to reach the next generation of Broadway music fans, and the creation of a new type of ‘United Artists’ environment for Broadway producers and artists to participate in the funding and co-ownership of their albums. Ghostlight recently celebrated a major milestone with their Grammy-winning release of The Book of Mormon, which became the first Broadway cast recording to break into Billboard’s Top 10 since the original 1969 release of Hair, as well as taking its place as the biggest-selling digital release of a cast recording of all time. In addition, their release of the smash hit Newsies debuted #1 on the iTunes Soundtracks chart and in the Top 15 of the overall iTunes chart, and also won the Tony Award® for Best Original Score. Also recently released on the label are the premiere recording of Carrie, the new Grammy-nominated cast recording of Anything Goes, plus the OCRs Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, as well as solo albums from some of Broadway’s biggest stars: Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Alice Ripley, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. In recent Broadway seasons, Ghostlight has preserved the scores of some of Broadway's most well-known musicals, including the Grammy Award-winning In the Heights, plus Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone. For more information, visit www.GhostlightRecords.com or www.sh-k-boom.com.