A Man of No Importance, a new musical by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Terrence McNally, will be produced by Lincoln Center Theater in fall 2002 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, a spokesman for the show confirmed. The show received a reading at Lincoln Center Theater last March. Joe Mantello directed and will repeat his duties next year. The show is based on the 1994 film of the same name. The movie, set in 1963 Dublin, starred Albert Finney as Alfie Byrne, a closeted, gay bus driver, with a passion for Oscar Wilde. The title is a play on the Wilde work A Woman of No Importance.
All three authors were represented on Broadway last season. Flaherty and Ahrens penned the score for Seussical, which took a beating from critics and closed by the end of the season, despite producers Fran and Barry Weissler's attempts to bolster box office with bits of celebrity casting.
McNally, meanwhile, wrote the book for The Full Monty, which is still playing on Broadway. He also penned the book for Kander and Ebb's The Visit, which opened to largely good reviews at Chicago's Goodman Theatre earlier this month.
Mantello most recently directed the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Noel Coward's Design for Living. His fall project, Stephen Sondheim's Assassins—Mantello's first musical assignment—was postponed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Manhattan. He best know work remains McNally's plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Corpus Cristi.
—By Robert Simonson