Jerry Mitchell Will Take Ballroom for a Spin in Staged Reading; Marvin Hamlisch Pens New Music

News   Jerry Mitchell Will Take Ballroom for a Spin in Staged Reading; Marvin Hamlisch Pens New Music Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell will direct and choreograph a staged reading of the musical Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, a revision of the 1978 Broadway show Ballroom, in early November. Tyne Daly is expected to star, industry sources told Playbill.com.

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John McDaniel and Todd Ellison are the musical directors for the Nov. 8-19 Manhattan rehearsals that will lead to a private industry presentation of the sentimental tale of an over-50 Bronx widow, Bea, who finds second life dancing in the arms of Al, a mailman, at a local ballroom. Their affair causes tension in their hearts — and in their families.

Michael Filerman and Barry Brown are the producers, according to a casting notice. The book is by Jerome Kass, with music by Billy Goldenberg and additional music by Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line), and lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman ("Yentl"). Goldenberg and the Bergmans were the original songwriters of the show.

A Broadway flop starring Dorothy Loudon, the 1978 musical was produced and directed by Michael Bennett (A Chorus Line). It was inspired by the TV movie, "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom."

The Cinderella musical has Bea transformed by a fairy godmother-style character named Angie, a fiftyish widow-waitress in a coffee shop. She introduces Bea to "Dolores the hairdresser, Lucille the dressmaker and Evelyn the cosmetician, all of whom work in their Bronx neighborhood," according to the casting notice.

A standout from the Broadway score is a song called "Fifty Percent."

Mitchell won a Tony for his choreography of the first Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles. He directed and choreographed Legally Blonde and choreographed Hairspray, The Full Monty, The Rocky Horror Show, Never Gonna Dance, Love Never Dies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the tryout (and upcoming Broadway bow) of Catch Me If You Can.

Playbill.com previously reported about this new Queen of the Stardust Ballroom in its PlayBlog in May 2010 and March 2010.

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