6 Nov 2005
Stephin Merritt's Showtunes out mid-February 2006 
From The House of Tomorrow Newsletter:

Nonesuch Records will release 'Showtunes', a selection of original theater music by Stephin Merritt (The Sixths, The Magnetic Fields, et al) composed for director Chen Shi-Zheng's 'The Orphan of Zhao' (2003), 'Peach Blossom Fan' (2004), and 'My Life as a Fairy Tale' (2005). The projected release date is mid-February, 2006.

The complete catalog of songs from all three shows will also be made available by digital download. More information about the downloadable songs will be available shortly.

The House of Tomorrow
Nonesuch Records
Chen Shi-Zheng

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