Playbill.com has learned that the cast of the new musical will head into the recording studio March 7. A June/July release is expected.
Performances of the new musical, which features book and lyrics by Stephen Cole and music by David Krane, based on an actual adventure, will continue through Feb. 27 at The Theatre at Saint Peter's.
Phillip George (Forbidden Broadway) directs with choreography by Bob Richard (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!) and musical direction by David Caldwell (Children of Eden). The five-member cast comprises James Beaman (Spamalot, national tour) as Michael, Keith Gerchak (Finding Nemo, The Musical) as Jeffrey, Bill Nolte (La Cage aux Folles) as Mansour, Sarah Stiles (Avenue Q) as Nazirah and Bruce Warren (The Wizard of Oz) as Farid.
The Road to Qatar!, according to the York, is a "new true musical comedy about two American musical theatre writers commissioned to write a larger-than-life Broadway-style musical for the Emir of Qatar. Surprises abound as the self-professed 'short Jewish writers' soon find themselves traveling the globe in their own version of a madcap Bob Hope/Bing Crosby adventure."
The creative team also includes Michael Bottari & Ronald Case (set, costume and puppet design), Martin Vreeland (lights) and Chris Kateff (projections). The production stage manager is Sarah Hall.
The musical is produced by special arrangement with Paul Burchett in association with Coltrane, LLC.
Tickets are $67.50 and are available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's (enter on 54th Street, just east of Lexington).
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