Annie Golden, Eartha Kitt Star in Off-Broadway Musical Mimi Le Duck, Oct. 11

News   Annie Golden, Eartha Kitt Star in Off-Broadway Musical Mimi Le Duck, Oct. 11 Annie Golden and Eartha Kitt will star in a new mounting of the musical Mimi Le Duck, the latest product of the New York International Fringe Festival to graduate to a commerical production.
Annie Golden and Allen Fitzpatrick in the Adirondack Theatre Festival staging of Mimi Le Duck.
Annie Golden and Allen Fitzpatrick in the Adirondack Theatre Festival staging of Mimi Le Duck.

The production will also feature Candy Buckley, Robert DuSold, Allen Fitzpatrick, Ken Jennings and Marcus Neville. Golden, DuSold and Fitzpatrick are holdovers from the Fringe outing. The New World Stages production will open on Oct. 31.

Mimi Le Duck began its life at upstate New York's Adirondack Theatre Festival in 2004. It then traveled to the Fringe that same year, playing the Player's Theatre at 115 MacDougal Street. The musical comedy boasts music by composer Brian Feinstein and lyrics and libretto by Diana Hansen-Young, and musical staging by Matt West.

Thomas Caruso, who directed the Fringe outing, will once again stage the work. Caruso was associate director of Broadway's Bombay Dreams and resident director of Las Vegas' Mamma Mia!. He also piloted Off-Broadway's Bingo.

The whimsical show is about Miriam (Golden), a restless Mormon housewife who leaves her husband to find herself in Paris. There she finds a wacky array of bohemian sorts familiar to anyone who's ever seen "La Boheme," "Gigi" or "An American in Paris."

The show provides Golden with a rare leading role. The actress has provided acclaimed supporting turns in shows such as Broadway's The Full Monty, On the Town and Ah! Wilderness, as well as the original Off-Broadway production of Assassins. Kitt is the legendary singer and actress whose Broadway credits include The Wild Party, Timbuktu! and Nine. She was nominated for Tony Award for the first two.

The show will have scenic design by Tony Award-winner John Arnone; costume design by Tony Award-winner Ann Hould-Ward; and lighting design by David Lander. The production’s musical supervisor and orchestrator is Chris Fenwick. Composer Feinstein is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Memorial Fellowship Award; and earned his MFA from the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Feinstien is also a member of The Dramatist's Guild and ASCAP.

Lyricist-librettist Hansen-Young is an artist and writer in Hawaii and has authored and illustrated 16 books including "Painted Paradise," released in 2004. Hansen Young has held office both in the Hawaii State Constitutional and State House of Representatives. She also earned her MFA from NYU in writing and is a published member of the Mystery Writers of America.