Show-tune kings: with cast albums ranging from Nine to the gay off-Broadway smash Zanna, Don't! life and business partners Tommy Krasker and Philip Chaffin make their PS Classics label a labor of love.For music producer Tommy Krasker and actor-singer Philip Chaffin, Broadway has gone to the dogs--specifically, to their pets Please, an Australian cattle dog Australian cattle dog, breed of medium-sized herding dog developed in Australia. It stands from 18 to 20 in. (45.7–50.8 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs about 33 lb (15 kg). , and Sumner, a bull terrier bull terrier, breed of large, muscular terrier originating in England around 1835. It stands from 19 to 22 in. (48.3–55.9 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 30 to 36 lb (13.6–16.3 kg). , for whom Krasker and Chaffin named their successful indie label PS Classics PS Classics is a record label that specializes in musical theater and standard vocals. Founded in 2000 by freelance producer Tommy Krasker and singer/actor Philip Chaffin, their releases have been critically acclaimed for their meticulous sonic detail and high-quality packaging and . In much the same way they rescued their canine pals from the Pasadena, Calif., dog pound, the couple are on a joint mission of love to save select vintage musicals.
"We know we're not doing Top 40," says bookish book·ish
1. Of, relating to, or resembling a book.
2. Fond of books; studious.
3. Relying chiefly on book learning: and bespectacled Krasker, 44, who produced, among others, the Broadway cast recording of Titanic and the cast album for the early Stephen Sondheim rarity Saturday Night. "But we know we're doing music that lasts," he adds.
That enduring music includes such PS Classics releases as Vincent Youmans's unrecorded 1932 musical, Through the Years, to new, often queer-friendly material, including the original cast recordings of Zanna, Don't! (starring Queer Eye for the Straight Guy minister of culture Jai Rodriguez) and My Life With Albertine (music and lyrics by Ricky Ian Gordon Ricky Ian Gordon (b. May 15, 1956) is an American stage musical composer and lyricist. Life and career
Ricky Ian Gordon was born in Oceanside, NY and raised on Long Island. ). The label's repertoire also includes solo recordings by out musicians Darius de Haas Darius de Haas (born 29 September 1968 in Chicago, Ill.) is an African-American stage actor and singer. He was raised in a musical family-- his father is bassist Eddie de Haas and his mother Geraldine was one of the Bey sisters of the musical trio "Andy and The Bey Sisters". , Chaffin, and others.
When Krasker, a New Hampshire native New Hampshire native is a status recognized by the state of New Hampshire which identifies people who were born in the state. The word denotes someone who was born in a given place. , was working as an archivist ARCHIVIST. One to whose care the archives have been confided. of a series of restored Gershwin musicals in the late '80s, he was sent to California to check out a production of one of iris projects, Strike Up the Band, by a Pasadena troupe. "Philip had a solo in act 2. I didn't know him, but I made a note that he had this gorgeous tenor voice," Krasker continues. "And that he was awfully cute."
Five years later, after Krasker had moved from New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. to Los Angeles, the pair struck up a partnership. "It was a setup," explains Chaffin, 39, an old-school-handsome gent from Baton Rouge, La. "I saw Tommy's name in a program at the Hollywood Bowl and sent him a head shot. Then a mutual friend played Cupid." The couple celebrated their 10-year anniversary earlier this year.
In the three years since inaugurating PS Classics with the release of Chaffin's Where Do I Go From You? the pair have issued over a dozen discs and racked up respectable sales. Their biggest hit is a new recording of Nine, starring Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera. "We've shipped about 35,000," notes a beaming Krasker. No small that for a business run out of the couple's three-story Bronxville, N.Y., home, where they have lived since 1997.
Though this up-close-and-personal situation might drive some folks batty, both Krasker and Chaffin insist that balancing their work and their relationship has never been a problem for them. "We have so much fun," Krasker says, "bouncing ideas off each other about the records we're working on--"
"And getting the second opinion that we both need," adds Chaffin.
"But," says Krasker, "there are times when we have to force ourselves to shut down and let the business stuff go. We could easily stay up every night talking strategy, so we really do have to know our own limitations."