TheatreWorks of Palo Alto, CA starts its 28th season with a world premiere musical -- Heartland, created by librettist/lyricist Darrah Cloud and composer Kim Sherman.
In Heartland, three grown daughters rekindle dreams of their youth as they return to their small-town farmhouse for July 4 weekend. The musical features Lisa Gurevich Sabin, Diana Torres Koss and Liz Snyder, along with Joseph Lustig, Tami Dahbura, Ed Sherry and Lois Ann Saunders. The show began previews June 18 for a run through July 6, with an official press opening set for June 21.
This is the third collaboration for Cloud and Sherman, following O, Pioneers! and Honor Song For Crazy Horse. Cloud's non-musical works include The Stick Wife and The Waking. Sherman wrote the musical underscoring for Broadway's Hamlet and composed the Public Theatre musical, Lenny And The Heartbreakers.
The season will then continue with:
Once In A Lifetime, the George S. Kaufman/Moss Hart comedy, directed by artistic director Robert Kelley. (July 16-Aug. 17, opens July 19).
Blues For An Alabama Sky; by Pearl Cleage, directed by Harry Elam. (Sept. 3-21, opens Sept. 6). Kiss Of The Spider Woman; a musical by John Kander & Fred Ebb based on Manuel Puig's novel of unlikely cell-mates in an Argentine prison. Francis Jue (Cabaret at TheatreWorks) stars as Molina. Bick Goss choreographs; Robert Kelley directs (Oct. 29-Nov. 23; opens Nov. 1).
Moon Over Buffalo, a backstage farce by Ken Ludwig, (Dec. 3, 1997-Jan. 4, 1998, opens Dec. 6).
The Night Of The Iguana; Jules Aaron directs Tennessee Williams drama of a dissipated preacher, a lusty innkeeper and a genteel spinster. (Jan. 14-Feb. 1, 1998; opens Jan. 17).
Putting It Together; Barbara Valente directs and choreographs an evening of Stephen Sondheim songs. (March 4-April 5; opens March 7, 1998)
Romeo & Juliet; William Shakespeare's tragedy of star-crossed lovers, to be directed by Robert Kelley with a special emphasis on Irish dance and Celtic music. (April 15-May 3; opens April 18, 1998).
For tickets or more information, please refer to the TheatreWorks regional listing on Playbill On-Line.
--By David Lefkowitz