Auditions begin on June 12 in New York City for the Cleveland Playhouse production of the musical, Eliot Ness...In Cleveland. Casting notices indicate that producers are seeking male and female singers "who move well."
Featuring music and lyrics by Robert Lindsey Nassif and a book by Peter Ulian, Eliot Ness kicks off the Cleveland Playhouse's 2000-2001 Mainstage season. The production is scheduled to run Sept. 26 - Nov. 5.
Historically, Ness followed his success in Chicago by going to Cleveland to fight corruption and to work on the "Torso Murders." The Cleveland production follows this story and is described in production notes as "part psychological thriller, part film noir" in tone.
Eliot Ness was workshopped in New York at the Director's Company in 1997 through the Hal Prince Musical Theatre Program. It later premiered at the Denver Center Theatre Company in 1998.
Rehearsals begin August 29. The creative team comprises director David Esbjornson (former artistic director of NYC's CSC), choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett (Swing!), and casting director Elissa Myers. The show's musical director has not been assigned. -- By Murdoch McBride