A Troupe Is Threatened by a Diva in New NYC Musical Caprice

News   A Troupe Is Threatened by a Diva in New NYC Musical Caprice Wings Theatre Company will stage Caprice, a new backstage musical about competitive show folk, beginning previews Sept. 11 and opening Sept. 17 in Greenwich Village.

With music and lyrics by Robert Lux and libretto by Lux in association with Jim Keeler, the musical, directed and choreographed by Fred C.L. Mann III, is set during the era of the golden age of musicals (circa 1959) in San Francisco.

Musical direction is by J.A. Kawarsky.

According to Wings notes, "Caprice is a backstage musical comedy with a Broadway style score. The show opens with an audition of the next production slated for Caprice, a cherished local theatre known for its new musicals." Caprice's artistic director, B, and his associate Paul are about to offer new singing dynamo, Veeda Goodrich, a role when "in walks Louise Horntinsky, an attractive but hard-edged actress who coerces B into giving her an audition and then secretly seduces him into offering her the star part."

Veeda and the rest of the cast hate Louise and agree with Paul that she is wrong for the lead. But "B, both enamored and intimidated by Louise, seems willing to risk everything to defend his choice…"

The cast of Caprice features Jared Joplin, LinDel Sandlin, Frank Galgano, Sue Berch, Jimmy Glidden III, Melissa Zimmerman, Mary Ann Prevost, Joey Kovach, Vanessa Wendt and Cooper Cerulo. The creative team includes Justin Couchara (set design), Joyce Liao (lighting design), Kurt A. Smith (costume design) and Lukas Robishaw (stage manager). Librettist, composer and lyricist Lux studied in the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. His musical Around the Block was produced in Seattle. He has written over 200 songs and the play, Tight Quarters. Book consultant Jim Keeler, a former BMI composer-lyricist, is a long standing member of the Actors Studio Writers/Directors Unit and the artistic director of Classic Stage Ensemble.

Mann's most recent work includes choreographing three dance pieces for Alvin Ailey American Dance, directing Subtley at the Algonguin One Act Festival and directing and choreographing Dutch Courage for Wings. As producing director of Westside Repertory for three years, he produced and directed such classics as La Mandragola and The Marriage of Figaro. A renowned director and choreographer of classic and new musicals, he choreographed and staged Eartha Kitt's world premiere of Cowboy and the Legend. As a Broadway and film performer he worked with Bob Fosse in Chicago, Dancin', Sweet Charity and "All That Jazz."

Wings Theatre Company performs at 154 Christopher Street, in the basement of the Archive Building, in Manhattan.

Performances play Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3:30 PM and Mondays at 8 PM through Oct. 5. Tickets are $20/$16. Opening night admission is $30. For tickets and more information go to Wingstheatre.com or call the box office at (212) 627-2961.

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