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Ghostlight to Record MARRY ME A LITTLE Today, Apr 26

2013 Drama League Award Nominee for Best Musical Revival,
Stephen Sondheim’s MARRY ME A LITTLE,
Starring Lauren Molina and Jason Tam,
Heads to the Recording Studio

Ghostlight Recording To Be Released This Summer

Includes First-Ever Recording of "Rainbows" (Into the Woods film)

The company of the Keen Company production of Marry Me A Little, Lauren Molina and Jason Tam, will enter the studio today, April 26th, to preserve the Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording for Ghostlight Records. A summer release is planned. Joel Moss will produce the album, with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer.  Musical Director is John Bell.  

Marry Me A Little, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René, directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein, has just been nominated for a 2013 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Revival (along with Annie, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Passion, Pippin, and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella). 

Weaving together several unknown Sondheim songs, Marry Me a Little tells the charming and bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival of the modern single.  Two single strangers, left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night, pass their time with sweetly secret, shared fantasies, never knowing that they're just a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams. 

David Rooney in The New York Times said of this production: "No living Broadway composer’s gifts have been more celebrated than Mr. Sondheim’s. But it’s a testament to his skills that the discards and remnants from which this show was stitched are more beguiling than so much of what passes for contemporary musical theater." 

"All praise, then, to the Keen Company, a deservedly admired off-Broadway troupe, for reviving Marry Me a Little, which hasn't been seen in New York since 1987, and showing the big boys how to do it right.  Short, smart and sweet!" declared Terry Teachout in The Wall Street Journal. 

This recording will be the first for "Rainbows," written for the yet unproduced Into the Woods film.  

In addition, 

this production contains material from Sondheim’s catalogue that was added to Marry Me A Little for the first time as part of this production:  "Ah But Underneath" (written for the London premiere of Follies), replacing "Uptown, Downtown" and "If You Can Find Me, I'm Here" ("Evening Primrose") replacing "Pour Le Sport," as well as "Bring on the Girls" (from Follies). The score also features “Saturday Night,” “So Many People,” “A Moment With You” (from Saturday Night), “Bang!,” “Silly People”  (cut from A Little Night Music), “Can That Boy Foxtrot!,” “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” “It Wasn't Meant to Happen,” “Little White House,"  “Who Could Be Blue?”  (cut from Follies), “The Girls of Summer” (from The Girls of Summer), “Your Eyes Are Blue” (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), “Marry Me A Little,” “Happily Ever After” (cut from Company), and “There Won't Be Trumpets” (cut from Anyone Can Whistle).

Founded in 2000 by Kurt Deutsch and Sherie Rene Scott, Sh-K-Boom and its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in musical theatre recording—shining a light towards its future while continuing to honor its past. The label is renowned for its efforts to encourage and support the music of the most innovative new voices on Broadway, to help bridge the gap between pop/rock and musicals, and to preserve the scores of important works. As a label created by and for the Broadway community, the company 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.

To receive email alerts on the album, sign up at http://www.sh-k-boom.com/marrymealittle.html 

For more information on this and other Keen Company productions, visit www.keencompany.org