Feeling Patriotic, Little Women Moves Opening From Inauguration Day to Jan. 23, 2005

News   Feeling Patriotic, Little Women Moves Opening From Inauguration Day to Jan. 23, 2005 Deferring to the national interest, Little Women, the musical, will open Jan. 23, 2005, rather than the previously announced Jan. 20, which is Inauguration Day for the next President of the United States.

Previews still begin Dec. 2 at Broadway's Virginia Theatre. The slight change for January was announced Aug. 3.

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The family-friendly musical based on the beloved Louisa May Alcott novel stars Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster as Jo March.

Maureen McGovern co-stars as the resilient mother, Marmee, who guides her daughters in Civil War-era New England.

Little Women was heard in recent spring industry presentations in Manhattan in anticipation of its fall 2004 tryout and debut at Theatre Previews at Duke in Durham, NC, Oct. 13-31. The show will be directed by Susan H. Schulman (The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden, Violet). The musical, like the book, is set in Civil War era New England.

Little Women has a libretto by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.

Producers are Randall L.Wreghitt, Dani Davis, Ken Gentry, Chase Mishkin , Ruben Brache in association with Theatre Previews at Duke (Zannie Voss, Producing Director) and Lisa Vioni.

Rehearsals begin Sept. 7. The Duke University run is in the Reynolds Theatre. Visit http://www.duke.edu/web/drama/ for more information.

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Little Women is an American literary title so obvious that it's a surprise that a musical version hasn't hit big on Broadway yet. (A search of the internet reveals a number of musical versions of the property, which is in the public domain and therefore ripe for free picking by playwrights and songwriters.)

In addition to famed singer-actress McGovern (known for pop hits, concerts, musicals and studio-cast recordings of Of Thee I Sing and Let 'Em Eat Cake), the Little Women company will include Megan McGinnis as Beth and Amy McAlexander as Amy, Robert Stattel, Danny Gurwin, Janet Carroll, Jim Weitzer and John Hickok.

Michael Lichtefeld is choreographer, Andrew Wilder is musical director, orchestrations are by Kim Scharnberg. Designers are Derek McLane (set), Catherine Zuber (costume), Kenneth Posner (lighting) and Peter Hylenski (sound).

For ticket information, call telecharge.com at (212) 239 6200.

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