Beautiful Soup Theater Announces 2014-2015 Season Featuring THE AUTUMN GARDEN, CHARLOTTE SWEET, GIGI and More
New York-based Beautiful Soup Theater, known for their revivals of Liliom, Rags, A Doll's Life and Moose Murders, has announced their 2014-2015 theatrical season.
The season will begin in September with a revival of Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden. A study of the defeats, disappointments and diminished expectations of people reaching middle age, Hellman's rarely-seen memory play returns to New York in a new production from Beautiful Soup Artistic Director Steven Carl McCasland.
Beautiful Soup will continue its season with a revival of the beloved Off-Broadway musical Charlotte Sweet. With a libretti by Michael Colby and a score by Gerald Jay Markoe, this all-sung, all-rhymed original musical spotlights Charlotte, a young and talented soprano whose voice knows no heights, returns to New York after far too long an absence.
Following that riotous musical comedy, McCasland directs a revival of Anita Loos' Gigi. Inspired by Collette's novel, and later turned into the beloved movie musical, Gigi has not been seen in New York since 1954, when Audrey Hepburn starred in the title role. Laurie Sammeth, last seen in Beautiful Soup's Liliom, will return to the company's stage as Madame Alvarez.
The season will conclude with a to-be-announced musical starring Anna Kirkland, who was last seen on the Beautiful Soup stage in her celebrated turn as Rebecca Hershkowitz in Rags.
In continuing its mission to make theater that benefits the community, Beautiful Soup will continue to donate a portion of its proceeds to a different charity for each production. Previous beneficiaries include The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network and more.
To learn more about Beautiful Soup Theater and its upcoming productions, visit www.beautifulsouptheatercollective.org.