Debbie Allen to Direct Beehive on Broadway Workshop

News   Debbie Allen to Direct Beehive on Broadway Workshop Stage and screen star Debbie Allen will direct and choreograph an upcoming workshop entitled Beehive on Broadway.
Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen

A casting notice states that the workshop of the musical, produced by Jeffrey Richards and Michael Rothfeld, will be held Aug. 2; rehearsals begin July 9. The producers are searching for six males: a 17-25 year-old "African American jive-talking smoothie"; a 17-25 year-old "short, somewhat dorky African-American dancer"; a 25-32 year-old "jazzy Caucasian disc jockey"; and three men of various ethnicities and types, who will play 17-28 year olds. Jim Geoghan has penned the new book for Beehive on Broadway.

Perhaps best known for her role as dance teacher Lydia Grant in the film and subsequent TV series "Fame," Debbie Allen has appeared on Broadway in Purlie, Raisin, Truckload and Ain't Misbehavin' as well as the revivals of West Side Story and Sweet Charity. She received a Tony nomination for her performance in the latter, and she also choreographed the short-lived cult musical Carrie. Allen is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, two for her choreography of "Fame" and one for her choreography of the 1990 TV special "Motown 30: What's Goin' On!"

Beehive was a hit Off-Broadway in the eighties, playing 600 performances at Top of the Gate, March 30, 1986-Aug. 23, 1987. Created by Larry Gallagher, the musical featured six women: Pattie Darcy, Alison Fraser, Jasmine Guy, Adriane Leno, Laura Theodore and Cookie Watkins.

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