27 Rue de Fleurus Begins Performances Off-Broadway March 1

News   27 Rue de Fleurus Begins Performances Off-Broadway March 1 The latest musical incarnation of the life of Gertrude Stein – 27 Rue de Fleurus – begins performances at Urban Stages March 1.
Composer Lisa Koch.
Composer Lisa Koch.

Ted Sod (The Lost Art of Conversation) has penned the book and lyrics for the production, which features lyrics and music by Lisa Koch. Told from the point of view of Stein's companion, Alice B. Toklas, 27 Rue de Fleurus officially opens March 6 and will play a limited engagement through April 6. 27 Rue de Fleurus stars Sarah Chalfy, Susan Haefner (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Barbara Rosenblat (Talk Radio), Cheryl Stern (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Emily Zacharias (Jekyll & Hyde) under the direction of Frances Hill.

In 27 Rue de Fleurus, Gertrude, according to press notes, "grows tired of Alice's lack of panache for telling her perspective of their story and attempts to hijack the play as only the author of such lines as 'sugar is not a vegetable' can. But Alice has secrets to share with the audience that silence the famously verbose Gertrude. This celebrated couple confronts each other about love, marriage, jealousy, genius and a few other delicious topics while Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mabel Dodge, Sylvia Beach and even Jean Harlow drop by for a visit."

The creative team for 27 Rue de Fleurus includes musical director John Bell, choreographer Jessica Hayden, set designer Roman Tatarowicz, costume designer Carrie Robbins, lighting designer Raquel Davis and video designer Alex Koch.

Sod's body of work includes Stealing, The Lost Art of Conversation, Damaged Goods, The Kiss, Salon and A Rude Awakening. Koch has penned Return to Planet Lisa, Ham for the Holidays, and Two's Company, I'm a Crowd.

Tickets to 27 Rue de Fleurus are available by calling (212) 868-4444. For further information visit www.urbanstages.org.

Urban Stages is located in Manhattan at 259 West 30th Street.

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