Hit Fringe Musical Lost Will Transfer to Off-Broadway Run

News   Hit Fringe Musical Lost Will Transfer to Off-Broadway Run The 2003 New York International Fringe Festival has its first transfer. Lost, the spooky operatic musical by composer Jessica Grace Wing and lyricist-librettist Kirk Wood Bromley, will jump to the Connelly Theater after its Fringe run.

The two-week Connelly run starts Sept. 4 and goes through Sept. 14

Lost, a production of Bromley's Inverse Theatre Company, is the first musical for both Bromley and Wing. The show has attracted considerable press—include a lengthy New York Times story—due to the sad fate of Wing. The 31-year-old composer died on July 19 of colon cancer without ever having heard her entire score sung live. She was working on the project until the last; the final song was composed the day before she passed away.

Lost is a modern take on the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. Here, the children are abandoned by their father in the Great Smokey Mountains and quickly adopted by a witch, Mamba, and her scientist husband, Laborious. Mamba and Laborious have lived in the forest for four centuries, keeping themselves alive by saving the lost children of various dark chapters in American history and then harvesting their limbs and organs. Among the kids held in suspended enslavement by the couple's alchemic surgery are Ivy, a girl nearly killed by the Salem Witch Trials and Silas, a soldier left to die on a Civil War battle field.

Wing's musical palette was broad. Some of Lost's score seems taken from a melodic Broadway musical, while other songs are operatic, and still others are reminiscent of the avant-garde work often heard in art "music theatre" pieces.

Rob Urbinati directs. The cast was culled, in part, from New York's opera circles. It includes Anni Bruno, Youssif Eid, Ted Malawer, Annemieke Marie Farrow, Molly Karlin, Adam Kemmerer, Amy Oestreicher, Jenna Rose, Michael Ruby, John Schumacher, April Vidal, Chanelle Wilson and Tony Wolf. Tickets for the new run are $15 online; $20 at the door. Call (212) 629-7323, or visit www.inversetheater.org.

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