A Fine Romance: Rooms, with Kritzer and Kreeger, Opens Off-Broadway March 16

News   A Fine Romance: Rooms, with Kritzer and Kreeger, Opens Off-Broadway March 16 Rooms: a rock romance, a new musical penned by Bright Lights, Big City's Paul Scott Goodman, officially opens at Off-Broadway's New World Stages/Stage 2 March 16 at 8 PM. Previews began Feb. 27.
Rooms stars Doug Kreeger and Leslie Kritzer
Rooms stars Doug Kreeger and Leslie Kritzer Photo by Katie Wedlund

Directed by Scott Schwartz, the production co-stars Leslie Kritzer (A Catered Affair, Legally Blonde) and Doug Kreeger (Signature's The Visit, world premiere of Rooms).

"I play the character of Monica P. Miller," Kritzer recently told Playbill.com, "who is basically a young Scottish Jewish girl who lives in the suburbs of Glasgow, Scotland. She's a university student but mostly wants to become a star — a rock star, any kind of star, she just wants to be famous. She is talented, and she's a great singer. She's an actress, she's a singer — she's kind of a Bette Midler type. She can do anything, so she kind of wants to break out. She really wants to aspire to get out of Glasgow and see bigger things and see the world and become famous. She meets Ian, Doug's character, and though a series of events they have this relationship together as writing partners and then it develops from there."

Rooms features music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman and a book by Goodman and Miriam Gordon. The musical, according to press notes, "begins in 1970s Glasgow where Monica, an ambitious singer/songwriter meets Ian, a reclusive rocker. The two quickly become entangled creatively and romantically. Their music takes them first to London and ultimately to New York City, where they discover the vibrant new music scene and create an intimate partnership, their love deepening while their personalities drive them apart. A five-piece rock band accompanies these two characters as they search for the balance between ambition and happiness."

The production features scenic design by Adam Koch, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Herrick Goldman, sound design by Jonathan Weston with musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Jesse Vargas. Matt Williams serves as choreographer.

Van Hill Entertainment and Red Griffin Media produce. Show times are Monday and Wednesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 and 7 PM.

Tickets, priced $10-$69.50, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. New World Stages/Stage 2 is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

<i>Rooms</i> stars Leslie Kritzer and Doug Kreeger
Rooms stars Leslie Kritzer and Doug Kreeger Photo by Andrea Fischman