Eliot Ness...in Cleveland, which was developed in alliance with the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Program, will have its world premiere Jan. 30 at the Denver Center Theatre Company in Denver.
The work, which began previews Jan. 15 and is set to run through March 8, has music and lyrics by Robert Lindsey Nassif, a book by Peter Ullian (which in turn is based on the play In the Shadow of the Terminal Tower), and additional material by Nick Corley, who also directs.
Eliot Ness...in Cleveland is set during the Depression. When a "mad butcher" turns the streets of downtown Cleveland into a minefield of limbs and body parts, Ness (who is referred to as "that Untouchable fella from Chicago") is called in to apprehend the criminal. The cast of characters includes Ness's long-suffering wife, a pair of bumbling detectives, a flirtatious reporter, and the mayor -- who wants the carnage to be stopped immediately, as the town is about to host the Republican National Convention.
The musical is produced by the Denver Center Theatre Company and presented by Denver Center Attractions.
Peter Samuel (King David) plays Ness, while Terence Goodman plays Al Capone. Also in the cast are Alice M. Vienneau, Kate Coffman, Peter Van Wagner, Timothy Gulan and William Parry. For tickets or information: (303) 893-4100.
-- By Rebecca Paller