Featuring book and lyrics by Arthur Riordan and music by Bell Helicopter, Improbable Frequency makes its U.S. debut following a record-breaking tour of Ireland and Europe.
Dublin's Rough Magic Theatre Company artistic director Lynne Parke stages the musical that officially opens Dec. 4 and will continue through Jan. 4, 2009.
Press notes for Improbable Frequency state, "While war rages across Europe, Dublin revels in its knife-edge neutrality as the fledgling Irish Free State tries to remain open for business. A hotbed of political and cultural bohemians, the city is host to a volatile mixture of exiled intellectuals, literary bar-lizards, British spies and Nazi sympathizers. When coded messages, broadcast during an Irish radio-requests show, draw the attention of the British, a young code breaker called Tristram Faraday is sent across the Irish Sea to investigate. His enquiries lead him into a series of deeply improbable encounters, where the truth is more improbable than anyone could have imagined."
The Irish cast, backed by a live onstage band of six, includes Sarah-Jane Drummey, Peter Hanly, Darragh Kelly, Louis Lovett, Marty Rea and Cathy White.
The design team includes Alan Farquharson (set design), Kathy Strachan (costume design), Sinéad Mckenna (lighting design) and Bell Helicopter (sound design). Morgan Cooke serves as musical director. Tickets for 59E59 Theaters productions are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting TicketCentral.
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