TREASURE ISLAND Musical Makes World Premiere at Theatre Three Tonight, 9/15

TREASURE ISLAND, a new musical adventure, will premiere this fall at Theatre Three (412 Main Street) in Port Jefferson, NY from tonight, September 15 to October 27, 2012.

With book by Sherman Yellen, Lyrics by Will Holt, and music by Gary William Friedman, TREASURE ISLAND tells the classic and thrilling Robert Louis Stevenson story of young Jim Hawkins, who sets sail in search of fortune, little knowing he has boarded a pirate ship. Buried treasure and danger abound. Surprises await Jim, too, - including that most unforgettable of pirates: Long John Silver. A classic pirate tale and a coming-of- age story, TREASURE ISLAND is a swashbuckling musical for the entire family.

TREASURE ISLAND is directed by Jeffrey Sanzel, the Artistic Director of Theatre Three since 1993. A director, actor and playwright, he is best known for performing in /directing his play FROM THE FIRE: VOICES OF THE HOLOCAUST, a touring production that has been seen across the U.S. and Canada for the past sixteen years. He is the founder of the company’s annual festival of one-act plays for which he has directed and produced some seventy world premieres. His production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL has been seen by Long Island audiences for nearly a quarter of a century. In 2008 Sanzel was honored by the Port Times Record, who named him “Man Of The Years in Arts.”

TREASURE ISLAND is being produced as a Theatre Three Mainstage production which has seen the world premieres of the musicals SUMMER OF ’69: A RETURN TO WOODSTOCK (which later transferred to off-Broadway) as well as 1968: ROCK THE WORLD. Dramatic world premieres have included THE FACULTY ROOM, THE IRISH LEGACY, and BEFORE I WAKE.

Sherman Yellen was nominated for a Tony Award for his book for The Rothschilds, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.

Sherman’s plays include STRANGERS, a biographical drama about the novelist Sinclair Lewis that was produced on Broadway at the Golden Theatre, the comedy sketch ‘Delicious Indignities,” which was a highlight of Ken Tynan’s erotic revue OH CALCUTTA, and, more recently, December Fools, produced by the Abingdon Arts Complex in NYC in ’06, Budapest, and Before and After.

Yellen wrote the libretto for the Richard Rodgers/Sheldon Harnick musical Rex, revised by Yellen and Harnick for the York Theatre’s Musicals in Mufti series, followed by a premiere at the Toronto Light Opera Company.

With the late composer Wally Harper, he began his work as a lyricist/librettist with Say Yes, a musical set in the world of the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, which had its beginnings under the auspices of the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference in New York, supervised by Paulette Haupt, and Josephine Tonight!, a musical about the early life of Josephine Baker, which was recently produced at Metro Stage in Alexandria, Va, and Blackbird in Sarasota, Florida.

Yellen’s screenplays have won him two Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award, first for his writing in the PBS series The Adams Chronicles, and later for An Early Frost on NBC.

Other works include the TV musical version of Jekyll/Hyde with Kirk Douglas, a CBS movie of Phantom of the Opera with Maximillian Schell, and an NBC version of Great Expectations with Michael York. His Hallmark drama Beauty & the Beast with George C. Scott was nominated for an Emmy and won the Christopher Award. He has received the Charles Flint Kellogg award in Arts and Letters from Bard College, and he is a frequent contributor of essays on the arts, literature, and politics on The Huffington Post.

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