The Apple Tree, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock's 1966 trio of short musicals will displace Glimmerglass, the new musical about romance on the American frontier, as the final show in the Goodspeed Opera House season in East Haddam, CT, Oct. 8-Dec. 19.
Glimmerglass will instead play the Goodspeed's second stage, Goodspeed-at-Chester/The Norma Terris Theater in Chester, CT, Nov. 11-Dec. 5.
"Our decision to move Glimmerglass to Godspeed-at-Chester will enable us to develop this musical-in-progress to reach its highest potential and provide a flexible and nurturing environment in which the authors can work," said Goodspeed executive director Michael Price, in a statement.
The Apple Tree is a musical that show-tune fans may know from its cast album, but it is not as frequently revived as Bock and Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof or She Loves Me. The acts are variations on the Adam-Eve-Temptation story, drawing on shorts works by Mark Twain ("The Diary of Adam and Eve"), Frank R. Stockton's jealousy fable ("The Lady or the Tiger?") and Jules Feiffer's modern-day (1960s) celebrity fairy tale ("Passionella").
The three one-acts -- quirky and comic in tone -- provided a canvas for Barbara Harris, who took home a Tony Award for playing three variations of Eve. "What Makes Me Love Him?" is the standout song from the musical. Ted Pappas will direct The Apple Tree. Designers are James Noone (set), David C. Woolard (costumes) and David F. Segal (lighting).
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-- By Kenneth Jones