Little has been heard from the composing team of Barry Harman and Keith Herrmann since their 1988 musical Romance/Romance won a few Tony nominations, but now their latest effort, The Haunted Hotel , may be headed for Broadway. Hotel is being given what's termed a "pre-Broadway run" Oct. 3-Nov. 8 at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York (outside Syracuse).
Producer Harve Brosten explained in a statement that the Cazenovia date allowed the creative team to work on the musical outside the pressurized environment of New York. "Starting out in a university setting has a very successful precedent in Neil Simon," said Brosten, who is producing the show with Larry Goodsight. "Several of his plays started their lives at Duke University and the North Carolina School of the Arts before hitting Broadway."
The Haunted Hotel is based on a novella by Wilkie Collins, a contemporary of Charles Dickens best known for "The Moonstone." Hotel is about a countess whose English lord husband dies during their honeymoon. The Cazenovia cast features Sandra Joseph (currently Christine in Broadway's Phantom ), Jim Walton, Darrin Baker, Kathy Brier, Al Budonis, Libby George, Dwayne A. Grayman, Barbara Helms, Ian Knauer, Matt Kuddish, Kevin Loreque, Melanie Malicote, Casey Nicholaw and Darcie Roberts. Harman directs. Hope Clarke (Jelly's Last Jam ) is the choreographer.
Spokesman Kevin Rehac said the production was aiming for the 1999-2000 Broadway season, but that nothing was definite.
For information on the show, call (315) 655-STAR. -- By Robert Simonson