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Schwartz' Captain Louie, Opening Oct. 31, Embarks on Off-Broadway Run

Stephen Schwartz' colorful childrens' musical Captain Louie will set sail for an open-ended off-Broadway run. The show will open at the Little Shubert Theatre (422 West 42nd Street) on Halloween night, October 31st, after beginning previews on the less spooky date of October 27th.

Schwartz' score for Captain Louie is set to Anthony Stein's libretto. The show, which is based on Ezra Jack Keats' childrens' book The Trip, was helmed by Meridee Stein when it played a successful May run at the York Theatre Company. Along with choreographer Joshua Bergasse, musical director Ray Fellman, and Elizabeth Flauto (costumes), Jeff Subik (sets) and Josh White (multi-media design) will be on hand for the off-Broadway run, for which Stein, Kurt Peterson and Bob Reich will be the producers.

"Young Louie feels lonely and without friends in his new neighborhood. Looking for something to cheer himself up on Halloween Night, Louie returns to his old neighborhood in an imaginative journey on the wings of his magical toy, his little red plane...Captain Louie is about friendship-- the ability to make new friends and the importance of old ones," according to press notes. A cast recording of the show is available on PS Classics.

Schwartz, whose Wicked is the biggest musical hit on Broadway, wrote the music and lyrics for Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker's Wife and Children of Eden, and contributed his songs to the score of Working; he also collaborated with Charles Strouse on Rags. He has also written for the big screen, with a number of scores for animated films; he wrote music and lyrics for DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt and the TV musical Geppetto, as well as lyrics for the Disney films Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (both with Alan Menken). Schwartz, whose two solo CDs Relucant Pilgrim and Uncharted Territory feature him performing his own songs, has received three each of the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Drama Desk Awards.

The show's performance schedule will be: Wednesdays at 11 AM and 2 PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 3 and 7 PM and Sundays at 2 and 7 PM.

Tickets are $45 for adults and $29.50 for children under 16 and students. They are available by calling (212) 239-6200.

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