Houston Run of Brooklyn—The Musical to Be Free of Charge

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When the national tour of Brooklyn—The Musical plays Houston, TX, the entire run will be free of charge for theatergoers.

From July 18-23, the Mark Schoenfeld-Barri McPherson musical will be presented by Theatre Under The Stars as the annual free show at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. The musical will play nightly at 8:15 PM.

As previously announced, former "American Idol" finalist Diana DeGarmo stars in the title role of Brooklyn, which began its tour June 11 at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, MN. She is joined onstage by Tony Award winner Melba Moore, who portrays Brooklyn's nemesis, Paradice. Cleavant Derricks, who appeared in the New York company, re-creates his role as the Street Singer. The cast also features Julie Reiber as Faith and Lee Morgan as Taylor Collins.

Jeff Calhoun, who directed the Broadway production of the pop musical, also helms the tour, which boasts the original Broadway design team: Ray Klausen (sets), Tobin Ost (costumes), Michael Gilliam (lights) and Duncan Edwards (sound). Emmy Award winner John McDaniel, who penned the musical arrangements and orchestrations, serves as musical supervisor, as he did for the Broadway production.

The complete itinerary for the seven-week summer tour follows. Dates are currently being booked for a second phase of the tour in 2007.
Through June 17 at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, MN; www.ordway.org
June 20-25 at the Bushnell in Hartford, CT; www.bushnell.org
July 11-16 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA; www.theaterofthestars.com
July 18-23 at the Miller Theatre in Houston, TX;www.tuts.com
July 25-Aug. 6 at the Music Hall in Dallas, TX; www.dallassummermusicals.org
Aug. 9-13 at the Center for Perf. Arts in San Jose, CA; www.amtsj.org

Brooklyn, according to production notes, concerns a band of performers, who "tell a wondrous sidewalk fairy tale about a young girl searching for fame and the father she never knew. With just one clue to lead her, she lands in the city that bears her name, Brooklyn." Song titles include "Heart Behind These Hands," "Christmas Makes Me Cry," "Not a Sound," "Brooklyn Grew Up," "Creating Once Upon a Time," "Once Upon a Time," "Superlover," "Brooklyn in the Blood," "Magic Man," "Love Was a Song," "I Never Knew His Name," "The Truth," "Raven," "Sometimes," "Love Me Where I Live," "Love Fell Like Rain" and "Streetsinger." The Broadway production, which starred Eden Espinosa in the title role, played its final performance at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre June 26, 2005. Brooklyn, which features a book, music and lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson, began previews at the then-Plymouth Theatre Sept. 23, 2004, with an official opening Oct. 21. The musical played 28 previews and 283 regular performances.

The Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 100 Concert Drive. Tickets for the covered seats will be available the day of performance between 11:30 AM and 1 PM at the theatre's box office. Any remaining tickets will be distributed one hour before curtain time.

For more information visit www.tuts.com.

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The Brooklyn tour is being produced by Dallas Summer Musicals; for more information visit www.brooklynthemusical.com.

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