Brooklyn Tour to Bow at Hartford's Bushnell Center; Calhoun Directs

News   Brooklyn Tour to Bow at Hartford's Bushnell Center; Calhoun Directs Jeff Calhoun, who helmed the Broadway production of Brooklyn—The Musical, will direct the show's upcoming national tour as well.

Calhoun will also co-produce the tour with Producers Four and John McDaniel. The latter will serve as musical supervisor, as he did for the Broadway production.

Calhoun told Playbill.com that the tour will launch at the Bushnell Center in Hartford, CT, on June 13. No casting has been announced, although the director hopes some of the Broadway company will be part of the tour. Additonal venues and dates will be announced shortly.

The show itself will not be changed for the tour. "It doesn't have to be refined," Calhoun said, "because it's already 90 minutes without an intermission and I think very touring-friendly."

Brooklyn, according to production notes, concerns a band of performers, who "tell a wondrous sidewalk fairy tale about a young girl searching for fame and the father she never knew. With just one clue to lead her, she lands in the city that bears her name, Brooklyn." Song titles include "Heart Behind These Hands," "Christmas Makes Me Cry," "Not a Sound," "Brooklyn Grew Up," "Creating Once Upon a Time," "Once Upon a Time," "Superlover," "Brooklyn in the Blood," "Magic Man," "Love Was a Song," "I Never Knew His Name," "The Truth," "Raven," "Sometimes," "Love Me Where I Live," "Love Fell Like Rain" and "Streetsinger."

The Broadway production, which starred Eden Espinosa in the title role, played its final performance at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre June 26, 2005. Brooklyn, which features a book, music and lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson, began previews at the then-Plymouth Theatre Sept. 23, 2004, with an official opening Oct. 21. The musical played 28 previews and 283 regular performances. For more information about the Bushnell season, visit www.bushnell.org.

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