The revue, which begins performances at Saint Peter's at the Citigroup Center Feb. 7, will officially open Feb. 23 and run through March 20. James Morgan will direct a cast that includes Jane Bodle, Jason Dula, Jeanne Lehman, Lauren Shealy, Steve Routman and Elmslie. Jack Lee is the show's musical supervisor.
LingoLand, with musical staging by Janet Watson and music direction by Matt Castle, will feature theatre songs, opera arias, poems, poem songs, tall tales, memories and play scenes, all woven together and all featuring the words of Kenward Elmslie. Among Elmslie's collaborators are Joe Brainard, Red Grooms, Larry Rivers, Alex Katz, Claibe Richardson, Ned Rorem, Jack Beeso, Steven Taylor, Doug Katsaros, Joshua Rosenblum, Andrew Gerle and Steven Dolginoff.
The revue's creative team also includes Mary Jo Dondlinger (lighting designer) and Suzy Benzinger (costume designer).
Kenward Elmslie wrote the book and lyrics for the musicals The Grass Harp and Lola, both with music by Claibe Richardson; and Postcards on the Edge, with music by Steven Taylor. His opera librettos include The Sweet Bye and Bye, Lizzie Borden, Miss Julie, The Seagull, Washington Square and Three Sisters.
LingoLand will play Monday evenings and Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30 PM and Sunday matinees at 3 PM. Tickets, priced at $55, are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com. The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's is located at 619 Lexington Avenue with the entrance at 54th Street.