July 27, 2004 (New York, NY) - Perhaps one of the most beloved classic tales of all time, the original motion picture soundtrack of The Little Prince is finally making its CD debut on Decca Broadway. The timeless story was made into a musical and brought to the screen in 1974 by the renowned composers Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe ("My Fair Lady", "Camelot," "Gigi"). The Little Prince was their final work and features both beautiful music and witty lyrics to accompany the charming tale. The film stars Broadway musical great Richard Kiley ("Man of La Mancha") as the pilot and features an equally first-class supporting cast including Gene Wilder as The Fox, Bob Fosse as The Snake, and Donna McKechnie ("A Chorus Line") as The Rose. It was produced and directed by Stanley Donen, whose major film credits include such musicals as Singin' In The Rain, On The Town and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. The original film soundtrack was released on ABC records and has been unavailable for 25 years.
Based on the adored Antoine de Saint-Exupery fantasy, The Little Prince tells the story of a pilot who crashes in the Sahara and encounters a little refugee from a distant asteroid. Perhaps a figment of the pilot's imagination or a symbol of lost innocence, the Prince teaches the pilot something about the meaning of life. It is a true literary classic, read by children and adults around the world since it was published in 1943.
Decca Broadway is committed to recording the best in contemporary Broadway musicals and to offering the finest reissues of classic performances and historic original cast albums. Decca Broadway currently holds the largest cast recording library available in North America, dating back to the first complete original cast recording, Oklahoma! in 1943. Past Decca Broadway releases include: Carousel (1945) starring John Raitt, Porgy and Bess original 1942 cast and Annie Get Your Gun (1946) starring Ethel Merman, Guys and Dolls (1950), Man of La Mancha (1965), to name a few. Recent Decca Broadway musical cast recordings include the Phil Ramone-produced, Flaherty and Ahrens' Seussical, the Grammy nominated chart-topping blockbuster Mamma Mia, and the new Broadway productions, Wicked and The Boy From Oz.