Hal Prince and David Yazbek Team Up for New Musical at Atlantic Theater Company

News   Hal Prince and David Yazbek Team Up for New Musical at Atlantic Theater Company
Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company has announced its 30th anniversary 2015-16 season. Included in the slate is the world premiere of The Band's Visit, based on the critically acclaimed film of the same name and scheduled for Spring 2016. The musical will feature a book by Itamar Moses, music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominee David Yazbek (The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and direction by 21-time Tony Award winner Harold Prince. A new musical by American Idiot composer Billie Joe Armstrong and a premiere play written and directed by Adam Rapp are also planned.

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The Atlantic's season will kick off in the fall of 2015 with a revival of Cloud Nine, Caryl Churchill's landmark play about power, sex, politics and family set in 1979 London, to be directed by James Macdonald.

Next up will be another new musical, the New York premiere of Yale Repertory's acclaimed production of These Paper Bullets! by Rolin Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong. See separate story for details.

The new year will see the final installment of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit trilogy, with the world premiere of Skeleton Crew, set in the city's last exporting autoplant. With the plant closing, a makeshift family of workers contemplate the lines between blue and white collar and the limits of their survival.

In the Spring of 2016, the Atlantic will stage the world premiere of The Band's Visit, based on the multi-award winning hit film about an Egyptian Police Band who arrives in Israel to play a concert. Following a mix up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of nowhere where they are taken in by the locals and forge unexpected connections.

Slated for May is the Off-Broadway premiere of The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois, written and directed by Adam Rapp. The story centers on Ellis Shook, whose solitary life in Paducah, Kentucky is stirred by the unexpected arrival of two teenage girls one autumn afternoon, forcing him to confront a tragic past but also offering hope. One additional production will be announced.

For more information and to purchase an Atlantic Theatre membership please visit atlantictheater.org.

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