Aristophanes has a new composer. The new production of Lysistrata at American Repertory Theatre, expected in the spring, and adapted by Larry Gelbart, will now boast music by Disney house composer Alan Menken. Opera man, William Bolcom, was originally announced as the project's tunesmith, but he had to drop out due to other commitments. Arnold Weinstein remains the lyricist.
Cherry Jones will star in the production, which will run in Cambridge May 10 to June 9, 2002. On Broadway, Jones, as Shaw's Major Barbara, recently tried and failed to lead her war-mongering stage father to salvation. She may have better luck as the title character in Lysistrata, where she will order a sex strike among the females of ancient Greece in order to get the warring men to arrange a peace. No other cast members have been named.
Menken is the author of such musicals as Little Shop of Horrors and Beauty and the Beast. For Disney, he has scored the films "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Pocahontas," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and more.
Gelbart is the man behind such shows as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, City of Angels and Mastergate, as well as the film "Tootsie" and the television series "M*A*S*H."
—By Robert Simonson