Geffen Season to Include New Musical Best is Yet to Come and Wasserstein's Third

News   Geffen Season to Include New Musical Best is Yet to Come and Wasserstein's Third Wendy Wasserstein's Third and the world premiere of The Best is Yet to Come, a musical conceived by Larry Gelbart and David Zippel featuring songs by the late Cy Coleman, will be featured in the Geffen Playhouse season.

The Los Angeles company — which currently presents David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow with Greg Germann, Alicia Silverstone and Jon Tenney (through March 25) — announced plans for the aforementioned productions to kick off its 2007-2008 season. Three more main stage shows and the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater lineup are yet to be announced.

"The upcoming season starts with a bang as we've secured two greats in American theatre. Wendy Wasserstein had a thought provoking sensibility about her writing while Cy Coleman's musical genius comes to life once again," stated Geffen producing director Gil Cates in an announcement.

Third, Wasserstein's final play, will make its West Coast debut for a Sept. 11-Oct. 28 run (opening night is Sept. 19). The play is set in motion when a jock student hands in a brilliant paper that a "modern, female, politically correct" professor is certain was plagiarized. The work debuted at Lincoln Center Theater in 2005.

Larry Gelbart and David Zippel co-conceived The Best Is Yet to Come, which will make its world premiere Nov. 20-Jan. 6, 2008 (opening Nov. 28). Zippel will stage the work that will employ a stellar five-member cast and songs like "The Best is Yet to Come," "Hey, Big Spender" and "The Oldest Profession." "An entire songbook comes to life as a collection of stories is told through song," explains show materials.

Next up for the California company will be Jeffrey Hatcher's A Picasso (Feb. 4-March 25), Tom Stoppard's translation of Gérald Sibleyras' Heroes (April 10-May 27), Hershey Felder's George Gershwin Alone (June 5-July 22) and Neil LaBute's Fat Pig (May 5-July 15). Subscriptions to the 2007-2008 season at Geffen, 10886 Le Conte Ave. in Los Angeles, CA, are available by calling (310) 209-1328. Single tickets go on sale July 1 and may be purchased at the Geffen box office, by phone at (310) 208-5454 or online at GeffenPlayhouse.com.