Herringbone Kicks Off McCarter Theatre Center Season Sept. 5

News   Herringbone Kicks Off McCarter Theatre Center Season Sept. 5 The one-man musical Herringbone, starring Tony winner B.D. Wong and directed by stage and screen star Roger Rees, begins performances at the McCarter Theatre Center's Berlind Theatre Sept. 5.
B.D. Wong
B.D. Wong

The production, which kicks off the New Jersey venue's 2008-2009 season, will officially open Sept. 12. Performances will continue through Oct. 12. Darren Lee choreographs. Herringbone features a book by Tom Cone, music by Skip Kennon and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh. The musical, according to the McCarter, is described as such: "A ghost story with a vaudeville twist. A musical with a dash of murder. A one-man tour de force. When eight-year-old George discovers his gift for tap dancing, everyone wants a piece of him. As the adults around him exploit his talents, George finds himself in a profound supernatural struggle for control over body and soul."

The creative team also includes Dan Lipton (musical director), Eugene Lee (set design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Kenneth Posner (lighting design) and Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg (sound design).

B.D. Wong won Tony, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards for his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly. He has also been seen on Broadway in Face Value; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Pacific Overtures. His screen credits include "Law and Order: SVU," "Oz," "Jurassic Park," "The Freshman," "Father of the Bride," "Seven Years in Tibet" and "Mulan."

Wong starred in the 2007 production of Herringbone at Williamstown.

The McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ. Tickets are available by calling (609) 258-2787 or by visiting www.mccarter.org.

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Herringbone replaced the previously announced Take Flight, the John Weidman-Richard Maltby, Jr.-David Shire that had been scheduled to make its U.S. premiere at the McCarter.