Grease's Powers Likely to Star in Northwestern's Dangerous Beauty

News   Grease's Powers Likely to Star in Northwestern's Dangerous Beauty Jenny Powers, who plays Rizzo in the Broadway revival of Grease, is currently in negotiations to star in Northwestern University's American Music Theatre Project staging of Dangerous Beauty this summer.

Jenny Powers
Jenny Powers

Beauty, which runs July 25-Aug. 10, is one of three world premieres that will be presented by AMTP in summer 2008. The others include Tonight at Eight (June 25-29), a revue of the work of composer-lyricist Sheldon Harnick; and The Bowery Boys (July 9-20), a new musical based on the film characters inspired by the writings of Horatio Alger.

Dangerous Beauty, with Powers likely in the lead role, will play the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive. The musical — based on the 1992 novel "The Honest Courtesan" — features a book by Jeannine Dominy, who wrote the screenplay for the film "Dangerous Beauty"; lyrics by Amanda McBroom; and music by Michele Brourman. Sheryl Kaller will direct the production, which "tells the story of 16th century Venetian poet and intellectual courtesan Veronica Franco."

Tonight at Eight will play the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive. The Harnick revue will feature tunes from such musicals as Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Fiorello, The Apple Tree, The Rothschilds and A Wonderful Life, among others.

The Bowery Boys will play Northwestern University's Hal and Martha Hyer-Wallis Theater, Theater and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive. The musical features adaptations of George M. Cohan songs with adapted music by Jeremy Cohen and adapted lyrics and an original book written by David H. Bell, who will also direct the developmental production. The musical will make its official debut in December at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

In addition to the three musicals, AMTP will also offer the third annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, a one-week songwriting program that will be held on the University's Evanston campus, Aug. 9-16. Faculty for the workshop, which culminates in a series of cabaret performances and an Aug. 16 concert, will include Craig Carnelia, Andrew Lippa, Amanda McBroom and Lari White. AMTP is an initiative of Northwestern University dedicated to "developing and producing new musicals in cooperation with some of music theatre's top writers, composers and directors," according to press notes. Stuart Oken is the artistic director of the program.

For more information about the American Music Theatre Project visit www.amtp.northwestern.edu. Tickets for AMTP's summer productions will go on sale in mid-May by calling (847) 491-7282 or by visiting www.tic.northwestern.edu/tickets.php.

Northwestern University is located in Evanston, IL.