Joe Masteroff, the Tony Award-winning librettist of Cabaret and She Loves Me, will have his new musical Paramour developed at the 19th annual National Music Theater Conference at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT in early August.
The conference, featuring readings of four new works, runs July 29 to Aug. 10.
Paramour, based on Waltz of the Toreadors by Jean Anouilh, is described as a "serious French farce musical comedy about a crucial day in the life of a retired General, his wife, his mistress, her lover, and some innocent by-standers -- featuring an attempted murder, five attempted suicides, a duel-to-the-death and other such pastimes." Masteroff is writing book and lyrics. Music is by Howard Marren. Paramour will be presented as a script-in-hand reading Aug. 1,2,3,8,9, and 10 at 8:15 PM.
Other shows to be presented at the conference include Hurricane, with book and lyrics by Cheryl Hawkins; and a play yet to be titled by Stuart Ross, creator of the musical Forever Plaid, dealing with the Boswell Sisters, a vocal trio of the 1920-30s. Composer-in-residence Steven Lutvak will have his musical adaption of A.R. Gurney's The Wayside Motor Inn developed. Finally, Russian composer Andrei Petrov will have his The Captain's Daughter shown, with English book and lyrics by Adele Ahronheim. Petrov's show is inspired by the novella of the same name by Russian poet and novelist Alexander Pushkin.
The complete schedule of public readings for the conference follows: Hurricane by Cheryl Hawkins and Jay Gaither
July 30, 31, August 5, 6, at 8:15 PM and August 3 at 2 PM
Paramour by Joe Masteroff and Howard Marren
August 1,2,3,8,9,10 at 8:15, PM
The Captain's Daughter by Adele Ahronheim and Andrei Petrov
August 7 at 8:15 PM and August 10 at 2 PM
"The Boswell Sisters Project" by Stuart Ross and Mark Hampton
August 9 and 10 at 8:15 PM
All readings will take place on the grounds of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. The box office telephone number is (860) 443 1238. For other information about the O'Neill Theater Center or the National Music Theater Conference, call (860) 443-5378.