FL's Actors' Playhouse to Premiere Miami Bombshells Musical in 2008-09; Les Miz Also Slated

News   FL's Actors' Playhouse to Premiere Miami Bombshells Musical in 2008-09; Les Miz Also Slated Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, FL, will stage musicals grand (Les Misérables) and intimate (Married Alive!) — with a world premiere (Miami Bombshells) thrown in — during its 2008-09 season.

Executive producing director Barbara S. Stein and artistic director David Arisco unveiled the season March 4.

Miami Bombshells, The Musical, will get its world premiere Jan. 14-Feb. 8, 2009. Based on the best-selling book "Dish and Tell," written by six high-powered Miami women, Miami Bombshells "is a compilation of vignettes based on the stories of how women juggle their personal and professional lives, which will leave the audience nodding in understanding, winking in complicity, and howling with laughter," according to Actors' Playhouse.

Set to an original pop score by a local composer-playwright Jeanette Hopkins with musical orchestration by Artie Butler, Miami Bombshells "provides a look at the roller coaster that is life. Some of the stories are funny, some are full of raw emotions; others are just a bit outrageous, proving that sometimes truth is much stranger and a lot more interesting than fiction. Every woman will see a little bit of herself on stage, and both men and women will be moved, touched, and entertained by this brand new musical."

The season will launch with the Peter Stone-Sherman Edwards musical, 1776, Oct. 1-Nov. 2.

Gutenberg! The Musical!, the two-man spoof of musical comedy writers, will play Dec. 3, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009. The show has book, music and lyrics by Scott Brown and Anthony King. Actors' Playhouse's own production of the smash Les Misérables runs March 4-April 5, 2009. This marks the first South Florida regional production of Cameron Mackintosh's international hit, which has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil, book by Schönberg and Alain Boublil.

The Florida premiere of Havana Bourgeois by Carlos Lacámara of Los Angeles, will play May 6-June 7, 2009. "Set in Cuba from 1958-1960, Havana Bourgeois explores the impact of Fidel Castro's Revolution on the Cuban middle class," according to season notes. "Havana Bourgeois is a universal drama that illuminates the choices we make as history closes in around us. This remarkable new play follows the associates of an advertising agency as Castro moved from redeemer of the poor to dictator, forcing droves of middle class Cubans to flee the country. This historical play mixes powerful drama with touching humor, and will capture the heart and soul of our theatre patrons and our entire community."

The season will end with Married Alive!, billed as "the best new couples musical since I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change," July 8-Aug. 16, 2009. The musical with book and lyrics by Sean Grennan and music by Leah Okimoto has been blossoming in regional theatres. It "celebrates the trials and tribulations of two contemporary married couples, one newlywed and one oldywed."

For more information call (305) 444-9293 or visit actorsplayhouse.org.