Chekhov's Olga, Irina and Masha Are Reinvented in Vietnam-Era Three Sistahs Musical in NY Musical Fest, to Oct. 1

News   Chekhov's Olga, Irina and Masha Are Reinvented in Vietnam-Era Three Sistahs Musical in NY Musical Fest, to Oct. 1 Three Sistahs, a new musical that echoes Chekhov's Three Sisters and is set during the Vietnam era, gets heard Sept. 23-Oct. 1 as part of The New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Greer Pryce Productions presents the staging at Theatre Three in Manhattan. The intimate show has concept and story by Janet Pryce, book and lyrics by Thomas W. Jones II and music by William F. Hubbard. Jones directs, Hubbard musical directs.

Three Sistahs premiered professionally in fall of 2002 at MetroStage in the Washington, D.C., where it played for 13 weeks. It received a Helen Hayes nomination for Best New Musical.

"The Vietnam Conflict provides the backdrop as three African-American women reunite to bury their only brother just killed in the war," according to production notes. "It is the fall of 1969. Olive, Marsha and Irene return to a house divided and seek to mend their relationship amid a country torn apart. It is a musical tapestry, which brings together blues, rhythm & blues, gospel, and soul, and evokes the rhythms of the 1960s."

The cast includes Cheryl Alexander, Daria Hardeman, Shelley Thomas.

Theatre Three is at 311 W. 43rd St. (third floor) between Eighth and Ninth avenues. Performances are Sept. 23 at 8 PM, Sept. 24 at 8 PM, Sept. 25 at 1 PM, Sept. 26 at 1 PM and 8 PM, Sept. 29 at 8 PM and Oct. 1 at 4:30 PM. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at (212) 352-3101.

Daria Hardeman Left), Shelley Thomas and Cheryl Alexander in <i>Three Sistahs</i>
Daria Hardeman Left), Shelley Thomas and Cheryl Alexander in Three Sistahs Photo by Ira Fox
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