59E59 Theaters has announced the line-up of shows for its 2016-17 5A season. The slate is set to include Hershey Felder’s Maestro, a musical bioplay celebrating the life of Leonard Bernstein, and the world premiere of Damon Runyon’s Madame La Gimp, a prohibition era-inspired new musical.
The 5A season is set to kick off July 14 with Richard Strand’s Butler. Following its acclaimed debut run at New Jersey Repertory Company, the play makes its New York premiere this summer. It is billed as “a powerful comedic-drama based on the story of General Benjamin Butler that takes place at the dawn of the Civil War.”
In September, 59E59 Theaters presents Felder’s Maestro, directed by Joel Zwick. With music by Bernstein and other famous composers, the stage play celebrates one of America’s greatest musicians. Felder will play the role of Bernstein.
Rounding out the year will be the world-premiere musical Madame La Gimp, about a washed-up, “ginned-up dame” on the streets of Broadway. The new work features a book by Giles Havergal and Derek McCulloch, lyrics by McCulloch, music by Kyle Athayde, with arrangements and orchestrations by Peter and Will Anderson. Direction is by Amanda Dehnert, with performances set to run October 24-December 4.
The season will also include Made in China, a darkly comic puppet musical about the complex relationship between the U.S. and China, written and directed by Kirjan Waage and Gwendolyn Warnock, with help from the Wakka Ensemble; and Bruce Graham’s White Guy on a Bus, directed by Bud Martin. Those productions are scheduled to run in January and March 2017, respectively.
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