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Gregory Haney, Marc Kudisch, Telly Leung & More to Workshop New Musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL in NYC Next Month

The new musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL is currently undergoing a New York workshop, concluding with invited rehearsals for industry members on November 6 and 7.

Directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele (Once on This Island, Ragtime), with book and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh (Herringbone, Grind), and music by Michael John LaChiusa (Giant, The Wild Party - pictured left), THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL is adapted from the short story "Los Minestreles" by acclaimed Argentinian writer Luisa Valenzuela. The creative team for the workshop also includes Or Matias (Musical Director), Tara Rubin (Casting Director), and Madeleine Kelly (Associate Choreographer).

THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL is a new musical that tells the story of a mother's love for her young son, as she uses everything in her power to protect and nurture him in a war-obsessed world.

The workshop cast will feature Joe Carroll, Josh Colley, Tyler Hanes, Gregory Haney, Sydney Harcourt, Marc Kudisch, Telly Leung, Melissa McCann, Joseph Medeiros, Julio Monge, Ari Stachel, Barbara Walsh, and Paul Whitty.

For more information, contact Snug Harbor Productions at 212-354-6510 or


GRACIELA DANIELE (Director/Choreographer). Broadway, as Director/Choreographer: Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, Annie Get Your Gun, Marie Christine, Once on This Island, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Dangerous Games. Choreographer: Pal Joey, Ragtime (Astaire, Ovation, AACP, Callaway Awards), The Goodbye Girl, Zorba, The Rink, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Pirates of Penzance (NYSF). Other: The Pirate Queen; Barbara Cook's Broadway!; Elaine Strich at Liberty; The Most Happy Fella; Working; Chicago; Follies; Promises, Promises. Film: Pirates, Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite (1996 Fosse Award), Everyone Says I Love You (1997 Fosse Award). LCT: Assoc. Director, Director/Choreographer: A New Brain, Elegies, Hello Again, Bernarda Alba, Dessa Rose and The Glorious Ones. Awards: Mr. Abbott Award (1998) for Outstanding Achievement, ten Tony nominations, six Drama Desk nominations. Ms. Daniele was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2006.

ELLEN FITZHUGH (Book and Lyrics). Musicals: Paradise Found with Richard Nelson, Johann Strauss II, co-directed by Harold Prince and Susan Stroman; Herringbone with Tom Cone and Skip Kennon; Grind with Larry Grossman, directed by Prince; with a new book by Brad Rouse, directed by Annette Jolles; Big Blonde with Kennon, developed at Playwrights Horizons and The Public Theatre; Paper Moon, with Marty Casella and Grossman; Muscle, with James Lapine and William Finn; Diamonds, a baseball revue; book and lyrics to Los Otros with Michael John LaChiusa, directed by Graciela Daniele. Other: two lyrics within Adam Guettel's Myths and Hymns; additional lyrics for Anthony Newley's Chaplin; additional lyrics for Juno with Vineyard Theater; songs for sequels of The Brave Little Toaster with Finn; title song for MGM's That's Dancing with Larry Grossman and Henry Mancini; songs for Disney's The Great Mouse Detective with Grossman and Mancini. Member of Dramatists Guild. Emmy, Drama Desk, and Tony nominated.

MICHAEL JOHN LaCHIUSA (Music). Broadway: 5 Tony Award nominations -The Wild Party (Best Score, Best Book); Marie Christine (Best Score, Best Book); Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Best Book). Off-Broadway: Giant (The Public Theater); Queen of the Mist (Transport Group); Mirror Mirror (Chase Brock Experience); Tres Niñas (Zipper); See What I Wanna See, First Lady Suite, The Petrified Prince (Public Theatre); Bernarda Alba, Hello Again (Lincoln Center); Little Fish (Second Stage) Four Short Operas: Break, Agnes, Eulogy For Mr. Hamm, Lucky Nurse(Playwrights Horizons). Regional: Giant (Signature Theatre and Dallas Theatre Center); Sukie & Sue: Their Story (Blank Theatre); The Highest Yellow (Signature Theatre). Opera: Lovers & Friends: The Chautauqua Variations (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Send (who are you? I love you) (Houston Grand Opera). Revues of his own work include (Joe's Pub); Hotel C'est l'Amour (Blank Theatre). Awards include Obie, Gillman Gonzalez-Falla, Kleban Foundation, Dramatists Guild, & 2008, 2009 Daytime Emmys for Nickelodeon's The Wonder Pets.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

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