Playwrights Horizons And NYTW Present THE SHAGGS: PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD Musical, Spring 2011


Playwrights Horizons (Artistic Director, Tim Sanford; Managing Director, Leslie Marcus) and New York Theatre Workshop (Artistic Director, James C. Nicola; Managing Director, William Russo) have announced that they will co-produce THE SHAGGS: PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD, a new musical with book by Joy Gregory; music by Gunnar Madsen; lyrics by Ms. Gregory and Mr. Madsen; and story by Ms. Gregory, Mr. Madsen and John Langs. Directed by Mr. Langs, the co-production by the two non-profit theaters will be presented at Playwrights Horizons in spring 2011 as the musical's New York premiere.

Set in Fremont, New Hampshire in the early '70s, THE SHAGGS is based on the true story of a working class dad who has a vision of rock n' roll destiny for his three talentless daughters, convinced they're his family's one-way ticket out of hardship and obscurity. But the girls have ideas of their own - and as their father's ambition turns to obsession, the price of familial obligation becomes all too clear.

With THE SHAGGS, Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop continue their commitment to developing unique and ground-breaking new musicals. At Playwrights Horizons, these include Grey Gardens, James Joyce's The Dead, Floyd Collins, Assassins, Once on This Island and Sunday in the Park with George, and at New York Theatre Workshop these include Rent; The Seven; Bright Lights, Big City; and Songs From an Unmade Bed. This production will mark the first time the two award-winning theaters have co-produced together.

As part of Playwrights Horizons' 2010/2011 40th Anniversary Season, THE SHAGGS joins Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I, the New York premiere of a new play by Mr. Albee, directed by Emily Mann and starring Elizabeth Ashley and Brian Murray; After the Revolution, a new play by Amy Herzog, directed by Carolyn Cantor; A Small Fire, a new play by Adam Bock, directed by Trip Cullman; Kin, a new play by Bathsheba Doran, directed by Sam Gold; and Go Back to Where You Are, a new play written by and featuring David Greenspan, directed by Leigh Silverman.

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