Dates Set for American Premiere of Broadway-Aimed Tim Rice Musical From Here to Eternity

News   Dates Set for American Premiere of Broadway-Aimed Tim Rice Musical From Here to Eternity
 
The fifth annual Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival has announced production dates for its 2016 lineup, and included in the slate is the Broadway-aimed From Here to Eternity, penned by Evita and The Lion King lyricist Tim Rice with Stuart Brayson and Bill Oakes. The Festival will also produce an engagement of the new musical Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

From Here to Eternity is based on James Jones' 1951 debut novel that is best known for the 1953 Oscar-winning film that starred Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed. The musical received a West End staging in 2013 and is aiming for Broadway, though no official announcement has been made. Finger Lakes dates are June 29-July 20, 2016.

According to the Auburn Citizen, the Festival's producing artistic director Brett Smock announced that the show was making a development path to Broadway. The announcement was made at the July 22 premiere of this year's presentation of Saturday Night Fever.

Completing the line-up will be the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Oklahoma! (June 1-22); George and Ira Gershwin's Tony-winning Crazy For You; (July 27 - Aug. 17); as well as a new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's celebrated classic Treasure Island (Aug. 24 - Sept. 10).

The line-up will also include Million Dollar Quartet (Sept. 15 – Oct. 1), a show based on recording sessions from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis; Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Oct. 5-19), based on the life of the singer; and Smokey Joe's Cafe (Dec. 6-21).

The festival will produce an engagement of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (July 13-24), which has a score and a book by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, based on the classic Austen novel. The new work received its world premiere at La Mirada Theatre earlier this year. FMTF is produced by Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York. For more information visit FingerlakesMTF or phone (315) 255-1785.

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