Kirshenbaum and Goldfarb Working on New Bossa Nova-Flavored Musical

News   Kirshenbaum and Goldfarb Working on New Bossa Nova-Flavored Musical
Composer-lyricist David Kirshenbaum, who scored the Off-Broadway and regional musical, Summer of '42, is partnering with playwright Daniel Goldfarb to create a new musical, the composer told Playbill On-Line.
Playwright Daniel Goldfarb.
Playwright Daniel Goldfarb. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Goldfarb is represented in the 2003-04 season by Sarah, Sarah, a new play being staged by Manhattan Theatre Club. Their new musical, Party Come Here, is, according to Kirshenbaum, "an original crazy, giddy musical set in Brazil, structured as a farce, and has something to say about faith and miracles and spirituality — all set to a kind of bossa nova beat..."

They are shopping the show around and expect to have a reading later this year.

Summer of '42, meanwhile, has had a half-dozen regional productions (including the current run at Casa Manana, in Ft. Worth, TX, starring Rachel York) and is licensed by Dramatists Play Service. Kirshenbaum and librettist Hunter Foster are hoping their musical's score will eventually be preserved on a cast album. The healthy regional future for the small-cast show seems assured.

The composer also said he's written 20-30 standalone songs in the past two years and hopes to gather them together in a conceptual concert form.

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