The Broadway production of Stephen Temperley's musical play about off-pitch socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, directed by Vivian Matalon, will be seen at both Coconut Grove and Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Last season, the resident Equity Coconut Grove company announced a new presenting agreement with Parker Playhouse which would see CG stagings split between the two houses.
No dates were announced for shows in the 2006-07 seaons, but major names are included in the slate. Some directors have been announced.
Garry Marshall will direct Hector Elizondo in the comedy Marshall co-wrote with Lowell Ganz, Wrong Turn at Lungfish. Keith David and Jasmine Guy will star in a Harlem-set version of Jan de Hartog's The Fourposter that was a summer 2005 hit in Wilmington, DE, under the direction of Keith Powell. Lou Diamond Phillips ("La Bamba," The King and I) will star in Burning Desire, a comedy he wrote. Mark Nelson will star in Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly.
The season will also include Matthew Barber's Enchanted April, directed by Malcolm Black; a new South Florida-set comedy, A Royal Affair, by Luis Santeiro; and the premiere of one of the last projects Cy Coleman was working on before his 2004 death: The Duchess of Chutzpah, with trunk lyrics by the late Dorothy Fields and Carolyn Leigh and a book by A.E. Hotchner. It started life as a musical about New York restaurateur Elaine Kaufman, but is now billed as being about a "larger than life, died-in-the-wool New Yorker, who propels herself and her high-flying saloon venture into a mecca for the rich, the famous and the infamous."
Luis Santeiro's A Royal Affair, billed as a contemporary comedy set in South Florida, "finds Hilda, a quirky illegal immigrant from Central America, finding work as a cleaning woman for a retired history teacher." She "seeks escape from reality by reading society magazines and dreaming of meeting royalty." In Lou Diamond Phillips' world premiere comedy, Burning Desire, in which "anything can happen and does, two good looking sexy young people encounter what seems to be the love of their life, but things spin out of control," according to Coconut Grove. Phillips plays Lucifer, a "mystical matchmaker."
Coconut Grove celebrates its 50th anniversary in March 2006. Producing artistic director is Arnold A. Mittelman.
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