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A Minister's Wife / Original Off-Broadway Cast

Minister's Wife / B.c.r.
Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Ps Classics   Catalog #: 1102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joshua Schmidt
Performer:  Drew GehlingTimothy SplainLiz BaltesLaura Bontragor,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Carsey
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hailed by the Associated Press as “a jewel of a musical with a fantastic cast” and by The Wall Street Journal as “the most important new musical to come to New York since The Light in the Piazza,” A MINISTER’S WIFE furthers the relationship between PS Classics and acclaimed composer Joshua Schmidt, whose score to Adding Machine: The Musical remains one of the most critically lauded albums in the PS Classics library. Based on a 1898 version of George Bernard Shaw's Candida (Shaw revised the work in 1930), and conceived and directed by Michael Halberstam, A MINISTER’S WIFE explores the fires burning beneath the surface of a seemingly ordinary marriage; the Revered James Morell and his wife, Candida, are happily married – or at least they Read more think – until a romantic young poet, Marchbanks, enters their life. Featuring music by Schmidt, lyrics by Jan Levy Tranen and a book by Austin Pendleton, A MINISTER'S WIFE stars Tony Award-nominees Marc Kudisch and Bobby Steggert, plus Kate Fry, Liz Baltes and Drew Gehling. Of the recent Lincoln Center production, critic Terry Teachout exclaimed “I long to see it again – and again!” Now customers can enjoy repeated hearings of this rich, romantic and daring new score.

"If there’s one cast CD I’m looking forward to the most from an off-Broadway musical this season, it would have to be A Minister’s Wife, a show that I really wished I’d caught in its limited run. The score is by Jan Tranen and Joshua Schmidt, who wrote the difficult but rewarding Adding Machine from a few seasons back. And with a cast that includes full-voiced Marc Kudisch, the always compelling Bobby Steggert, and newcomer Kate Fry as the title character, the recording should be a treasure." -- Cary Wong, Film Score Monthly
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Works on This Recording

A Minister's Wife, musical play by Joshua Schmidt
Performer:  Drew Gehling (Voice), Timothy Splain (Piano), Liz Baltes (Voice),
Laura Bontragor (Cello), Jonathan Levine (), Marc Kudisch (Voice),
Pasquale Laurino (Violin)
Conductor:  Richard Carsey
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2009 
Length: 0 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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