The pre-Broadway tryout of John Mercurio's new musical, Gentlemen's Bet, will close as scheduled on June 10. The world premiere run started on June 7 at Columbia University's Schapiro Theatre.
A staffer at producer Daryl Roth's office, Andrew Kato produced the show in a move that would seem to mirror his employer's recent success with Off-Broadway's Bomb-itty of Errors, which also came out of a major New York University, NYU's Tisch School.
While Bomb-itty was a creative collaboration among students, Kato sought to develop Mercurio's musical with the help of Columbia students majoring in theatre management and producing. The match was about Kato needing co-producers, and the Columbia students needing "a show to prove their genius," production sources said. Kato's employer, producer Daryl Roth is responsible for Three Tall Women, De La Guarda, Wit and The Bomb-itty of Errors.
Set in 1958, at the Dover Academy, Gentlemen's Bet is the story of a school production of Faust which involves a conflict between the school's most powerful students and the seductive nature of power.
Playwright John Mercurio was the winner of the 2000 Jonathan Larson Foundation Award. His play will be directed by Adam Hess. It has been developed over the past three years by Kato, according to production notes. Kato is not the only Roth staffer to graze in the field of production -- her son, Jordan Roth, produced the popular Off-Broadway disco-adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Donkey Show.
Reservations are $12. Gentlemen's Bet runs at the Schapiro Theatre, located at 605 West 115 Street. Performances end June 10, as planned. Call SmarTix at (212) 532-8887.
-- By Murdoch McBride