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Album Release Date:
 August 30, 2011

what the critics are saying

“A jewel of a musical with a fantastic cast! Director Michael Halbertstam keeps the drama breakneck, universal and lush.”
–Associated Press

“Rich, original, and lovingly performed, with ravishing music by Joshua Schmidt.”

“A lovingly composed musical of Shaw's comedy about the mysteries of marital love. The show features intricately textured music by Joshua Schmidt, a smartly condensed book by Austin Pendleton and a splendid cast. Kate Fry portrays Shaw's Candida with a touching ardency. Marc Kudisch captures both the innate goodness and the egoism of her upstanding husband, the Rev. James Morell; and Bobby Steggert radiates outrage and agony as the young poet whose infatuation with Candida stirs trouble in the Morell menage.”
–The New York Times

A Minister's Wife
Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording

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 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

track listing
  1. A Fine October Morning
  2. Sermon
  3. "The Hoxton Freedom Group..."
  4. Candida's Coming Home
  5. Enchantment
  6. In Response
  7. "Stagger me, my boy..."
  8. The First Preaching Match: The Love of a Fool
  9. Kingdom of Heaven
  10. Is It Like This for Her Here Always?
  11. Shy, Shy, Shy
  12. Isn't He Foolish?
  13. Shallops and Scrubbing Brushes
  14. Off to the Guild of St. Matthew
  15. At the Gate of Heaven
  16. Candida, Candida!
  17. "The man Candida married..."
  18. The Second Preaching Match
  19. Champagne
  20. "I am to choose, am I?..."
  21. The Bids for Candida
  22. Spoiled From the Cradle
  23. Into the Night

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