Kelli O'Hara and Cast of Far From Heaven Perform at Barnes and Noble Nov. 13
By Adam Hetrick
Far From Heaven cast members Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara, Isaiah Johnson and Nancy Anderson appear at the Upper East Side Barnes and Noble Nov. 13 to celebrate the release of the Off-Broadway cast album of that new musical.
O'Hara, Johnson and Anderson are joined by Tony Award-nominated Far From Heaven writers Scott Frankel (composer) and Michael Korie (lyricist) at 7 PM for the signing and performance. The UES Barnes and Noble is located at 86th Street and Lexington Ave.
PS Classics released the Off-Broadway cast album of Far From Heaven Nov. 12.
The stage production is based on Todd Haynes' Academy Award-nominated 2002 film of the same title. Far From Heaven has a book by Take Me Out Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg.
Far From Heaven featured four-time Tony nominee O'Hara (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) as Cathy Whitaker, Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County, A Man of No Importance) as Frank Whitaker and Johnson (Peter and the Starcatcher; The Merchant of Venice) as Raymond Deagan.
The 32-track disc is accompanied by a 36-page full-color booklet complete with essay by Jesse Green, synopsis, full lyrics and production photographs.
The complete track listing follows:
The cast also included J.B. Adams (Parade, Beauty & the Beast, Me & My Girl on Broadway; Annie Warbucks Off-Broadway; the film "Far From Heaven"), Marinda Anderson (From the Inside, Out at NY Fringe Festival; Freedom Train for TheatreWorks USA), Olivier Award nominee Nancy Anderson (Wonderful Town, A Class Act on Broadway; Kiss Me, Kate in London; Yank! Off-Broadway), Elainey Bass (Radio City Christmas Spectacular), Obie Award winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine (In the Next Room on Broadway; Ruined at MTC), Justin Scott Brown (Les Misérables, Spring Awakening national tours), Obie Award winner Alma Cuervo (PH's The Heidi Chronicles and Isn't It Romantic?; Titanic, Cabaret, Women on the Verge… on Broadway), Korey Jackson (Wild with Happy at The Public; "Homeland"), Jake Lucas (Newsies), James Moye (Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, White Christmas on Broadway; Happiness Off-Broadway), Julianna Rigoglioso (Pippi Longstocking Off-Broadway; Mary Poppins national tour), Sarah Jane Shanks (Wicked, Promises Promises, Shrek, Wonderful Town, The Apple Tree on Broadway), Tess Soltau (The Addams Family on Broadway; Into the Woods for The Public/Shakespeare in the Park), Mary Stout (Cather County at PH; Jane Eyre, Beauty & the Beast, Me & My Girl on Broadway) and Victor Wallace (Mamma Mia! on Broadway, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera national tours).
In the show, according to PH, "Cathy Whitaker (O'Hara) seems to be the picture-perfect wife and mother in 1957 suburban Connecticut. But roiling beneath the surface, secret longings and forbidden desires cause her world to unravel, with incendiary consequences. With a lush score that is both jazz-inflected and hauntingly lyrical, Far From Heaven is a powerful story of romance, betrayal and intolerance, as a woman grapples with her identity in a society on the verge of upheaval."
Far From Heaven was commissioned, developed and produced through the Playwrights Horizons Musicals in Partnership Initiative, with leadership support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The musical had scenic design by Tony Award nominee Allen Moyer, costume design by five-time Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Peter Nigrini and production stage manager was Judith Schoenfeld. Alex Sanchez choreographed.
Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker & Philip Chaffin, and an eight-time Grammy nominee (for its cast albums of Assassins, Nine: The Musical, Grey Gardens, Company, A Little Night Music, Sondheim on Sondheim, Follies and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), PS Classics celebrates the heritage of Broadway and American popular song through award-winning cast recordings; solo albums by such artists as Maureen McGovern, Victoria Clark, Steven Pasquale, Liz Callaway and Christine Andreas; and restorations of long-lost musicals, including Sweet Little Devil, Sweet Bye and Bye and Strike Up the Band 1930. Recent releases include Rebecca Luker’s solo disc "I Got Love (Songs of Jerome Kern)," the world premiere recording of Anthony Rapp’s one-man show, Without You, and the revue Noel and Cole.
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