Monday, March 26, 2012

Porgy and Bess Record Cast Album

The cast of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess are going into the studio March 26th and 17th to record yet another cast album of America's greatest opera. The album will be released May 22nd by PS Classics. The two-disc album was originally scheduled for a March 12th and 13th recording session but had to change schedules when a number of cast members became ill. The show stars Norm Lewis as Porgy and Audra McDonald as Bess.

"We had, of course, intended to record two weeks ago, but Audra came down with a sinus infection and had to go on vocal rest. You can't do Porgy and Bess without Bess," Tommy Krasker (co-founder of PS Classics) told "There are lots of shows were you can lay down tracks, if necessary, and have a singer come in later, but Porgy and Bess isn't one of them, and in particular, this production of Porgy and Bess isn't one of them. You can't capture its vivid, raw emotionalism without the cast and orchestra there together, making music. There was no question that we had to postpone until Audra was all better; quality comes first – it has to."

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