Beane told Playbill.com that his upcoming play, Shows for Days, which will debut in January, is set in 1972. It springs from his upbringing and love of theatre as a kid born and raised in the Scranton Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania.
"It's very autobiographical," he said. "It's my first real no-bones autobiographical show. It's about how I got into theatre and where I am in theatre now — and me trying to sort that out. I've gone from a kid who was sneaking out of my childhood house and lying to my parents to do shows in a community theatre in Reading, PA — to now having two shows on Broadway opening within two months of each other. That's sort of crazy, that trajectory."
He continued, "So, now I ask, what happened? Was I not held enough as a child? Do I have issues that need to be resolved, or do I just love it so much that I have to do it?"
Beane declined to divulge the title or where the play will be produced, but he did state that a theatre would be announcing a January production.
The busy playwright-librettist is represented on Broadway this season with a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, for which he penned a new book, as well as his world-premiere play The Nance. Nathan Lane will star in the latter production for Lincoln Center Theater; performances begin March 21 at the Lyceum Theatre.
Beane's works also include The Little Dog Laughed, As Bees In Honey Drown, Mr. & Mrs. Fitch, Music From A Sparkling Planet, The Country Club, Advice From A Caterpiller and The Cartells. He received Tony Award nominations for the books to the musicals Xanadu, Sister Act and Lysistrata Jones. He also penned the screenplay "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar."