'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 11th, 2013
THE LATEST IN UNAUTHORIZED GOSSIP AND BUZZ
FROM THE HEART OF CHICAGO'S SHOWTUNE VIDEO BARS,
AND MUSICAL THEATER NEWS FROM CHICAGO TO BROADWAY
Overheard last weekend under the showtune
video screens at Sidetrack and The Call:
The Showtune Mosh Pit got turned upside down yesterday, with a bit of news from Bailiwick Chicago (now called "Bailiwick Chicago Theater," FYI). In the announcement of their upcoming season, the Bailiwickers let us know that they will not be producing the previously announced play "Bootycandy," nor the musical "Applause," the rarely-seen Tony winner based on the film "All About Eve." Instead, Chicago will be treated to two Chicago premieres. First up, from March 6 through April 5, 2014, will be "Dessa Rose," the off-Broadway musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty about a white woman and a runaway slave in 1847. Jayson Brooks of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound will be in the cast, directed by artistic director Lili-Anne Brown with musical direction by James Morehead. As if that news weren't great enough, Bailiwick will follow that show with "Carrie!" Yes, the infamous musical based on the Stephen King novel and its film adaptation, with a score by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford. The show was revised and presented off-Broadway in early 2012, and now we get it! "And Eve Was Weak," anyone? Christopher Pazdernik will direct a cast headed by actress Katherine Condit, with musical direction by Aaron Benham (May 29-July 12, 2014). Both productions will take place at the Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, inside the Biograph on Lincoln Avenue. You have our full attention, Bailiwick!
And yet, Bailiwick's announcement of "Carrie" was not the only announcement of an upcoming Chicago production to receive national attention this past week. Oh, no! For you see, Theatre At The Center in Munster, Indiana, announced its next season as well, and eagle-eyed New Yorkers realized that the recent Broadway musical, "Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown," would be featured next season at TATC in what will be its very first production post-Broadway. And this production will feature some revisions by writers David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane. William Pullinsi will direct the show, being presented exactly one year from today, September 11-October 19, 2014. And as if that weren't exciting enough, TATC will also present the Chicago premiere of "Ring Of Fire," the Johnny Cash musical (February 20-March 30, 2014), as well as the world premiere of "The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical," with music and lyrics by Chicagoan Gregg Opelka, directed by David Perkovich (July 10-August 20). I attended a staged reading of the show (maybe you did, too), and I'm so glad to hear a full production being announced! And at Christmastime in 2014, Munster will see "A Christmas Memory," the new musical based on a Truman Capote short story with music by Larry Grossman ("Minnie's Boys") and lyrics by Carol Hall ("The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas"). Pullinsi will direct. Awesome!