Goodman & Gordon's Rock Musical Rooms Opens at Rochester's Geva Sept. 24

News   Goodman & Gordon's Rock Musical Rooms Opens at Rochester's Geva Sept. 24
 
Geva Theatre Center launches its 2008-09 Nextstage season Sept. 24 with the world premiere of Rooms: a rock romance, with music and lyrics by Bright Lights Big City creator Paul Scott Goodman, book by Goodman and Miriam Gordon and direction by Scott Schwartz.
Doug Kreeger and Natascia Diaz
Doug Kreeger and Natascia Diaz Photo by Colin Hovde

Natascia Diaz plays Monica, and Doug Kreeger is Ian in this co-production with MetroStage in Washington, DC, where Rooms opened last month.

In the show, Monica is a Scottish-Jewish songwriter with dreams of stardom. Ian is a hard-drinking Catholic rocker, content to just play his music in Glasgow obscurity.

"They become creatively and romantically entangled as ambition propels them from Scotland to London to New York and into the punk rock explosion," according to Geva notes. "A gritty rock musical, Rooms explores the desire for escape and the redemptive powers of creativity and love. An energetic and tuneful new musical that captures the exuberance and drive of two young musicians in full creative throttle: composing, laughing, arguing and loving."

Diaz is a Broadway veteran of Man of La Mancha, Capeman and Seussical. Kreeger is also no stranger to Broadway, having appeared in Les Misérables. Directed by Schwartz (Bay Boy), Rooms plays the 180-seat Nextstage.

Previews at Geva began Sept. 19. Performances continue to Oct. 26. Geva Theatre Center is located at 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, NY. For more information call (585) 232-GEVA (4382) or visit www.gevatheatre.org.

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Geva Theatre Center is Rochester's leading professional theatre and "the most attended regional theatre in New York State." Founded in 1972, Geva attracts over 170,000 patrons annually, including more than 16,000 students.

The 552-seat Elaine P. Wilson Mainstage offers a wide variety of shows, from musicals to American and world classics.

The 180-seat Ron & Donna Fielding Nextstage is home to Geva's own series of cutting-edge drama, comedy and musical theatre; Geva Comedy Improv; Geva's New Play Reading Series and the Hornet's Nest — an innovative play-reading series facilitating community-wide discussion on controversial topics. The Nextstage also hosts visiting companies of both local and international renown.

Geva Theatre Center offers a wide variety of educational, outreach and literary programs, nurturing audiences and artists alike. For the past 13 years, the organization has been led by artistic director Mark Cuddy.

The Geva co-production (with Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) of Frost/Nixon plays the mainstage Oct. 21-Nov. 16.

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