Men, the newest musical collaboration by I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change authors Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, is getting its first East Coast staging, courtesy of the American Stage Company in Teaneck, NJ. Performances began Nov. 17 for the tuner, which runs through Dec. 10 with an eye toward a New York transfer in 2001. (Performances were to have begun Nov. 16 but were moved forward a day, owing to technical needs.) Men officially opened Nov. 25. Tickets are still available for all performances except the Dec. 9 evening show.
A romantic comedy, Men looks at the troubled marriage of Tom and Lucy. The couple fight infidelity with infidelity until Tom, in order to end his wife's affair, assumes a fictional identity and moves in with Lucy's lover. Men is based on the German film of the same title.
The musical, based on Dorris Dorre’s German film of the same name, had its world premiere at Sacramento, CA’s B Street Theatre in June, with Joel Bishoff directing. Bishoff, who staged both Perfect/Change and DiPietro’s play, Over the River and Through the Woods Off Broadway, again directs. Tony Stevens will choreograph.
Producers Jonathan Pollard, Bernie Kukoff, Tony Converse and Denna Hammerstein have lined up an A-list design team for Men, including Tony winner Ken Billington (lighting), David Potts (set), Paul Adams (sound) and Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costumes).
Starring in the show are Jordan Leeds (Perfect/Change), Marylee Graffo, Tom Zemon, Larry Raben, Andrea Chamberlain. After its run at American Stage, Men will travel to Florida’s Broward County (home of the voter recount) and play at the Arts Center there January-February 2001. American Stage spokesperson Ethan Galvin told Playbill On-Line (Nov. 15) an Off Broadway run is likely for the spring.
Other works by DiPietro include The Virgin Weeps and his current project, They All Laughed, an adaptation of the Gershwin musical Oh, Kay!, which will have a Goodspeed slot next year.
Next up at American Stage will be Karen L.B. Evans’ My Girlish Days, arriving in February 2001.
— By David Lefkowitz