Gerard Alessandrini Paints Madame X for NYMF Beginning Sept. 26

News   Gerard Alessandrini Paints Madame X for NYMF Beginning Sept. 26 Madame X, the new musical by Tony-winning Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini, which brings a new twist to John Singer Sargent's classic portrait, begins performances Sept. 26 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Gerard Alessandrini
Gerard Alessandrini

Alessandrini, who wrote book, music and lyrics with Robert Hetzel, directs the NYMF production that will run through Oct. 9 a the 47th Street Theatre. Madame X, which is presented in concert format, has musical direction by David Caldwell and Richard Danley.

The cast reunites Forbidden Broadway veterans Donna English (Ruthless!, Lend Me a Tenor), Edward Staudenmayer (Spamalot) and Michael West (Newsical), who appear alongside Bill Coyne, Sean Bell and Mike Longo.

According to the authors, "Madame X is a the brand new twist on John Singer Sargent's classic portrait 'Madame X,' and follows the meteoric rise and downward spiral of an over-sexed '50s housewife who won't take responsibility for her own hedonism-until it's too late! The portrait served as the inspiration for the 1905 drama by Alexander Bisson, which in turn spawned nine films, from a 1916 silent version, to a 1966 Lana Turner vehicle."

Alessandrini created the long-running Off-Broadway hit Forbidden Broadway in 1982. During its 27-year New York run, Forbidden Broadway resulted in 20 editions and ten cast albums. Alessandrini's upcoming musical The Nutcracker and I, co-authored with Emmy Award winner Peter Brash, will debut at the George Street Playhouse this holiday season.

For further information visit NYMF.

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