Krieger and Russell's Up in the Air Musical Will Debut at Kennedy Center

News   Krieger and Russell's Up in the Air Musical Will Debut at Kennedy Center
Side Show's Henry Krieger and Bill Russell have teamed on a new musical entitled Up in the Air: The Story of Boonah, the Tree-Climbing Frog.

The family-friendly musical will make its world premiere during the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' upcoming JAPAN! culture + hyperculture Festival. Part of the Center's Performances for Young Audiences Series, Up in the Air will play the Family Theater Feb. 7-10, 2008. Amon Miyamoto, who directed and choreographed the 2004 revival of Pacific Overtures at Studio 54, will direct. It was also Miyamoto's idea to adapt the well-known Japanese tale into a musical.

Up in the Air, according to the Kennedy Center website, is described as such: "Who's green, gutsy, and able to scale to the highest branch? Why, it's Boonah, the tree-climbing frog! One fateful day, Boonah is overlooking his pond when he discovers the leaves hide the home of a hungry hawk. While waiting for his chance to escape, he observes the creatures brought back to the nest. In the process, Boonah learns we are all part of a grand and wonderful design--we live, and die, so that the cycle of life may continue."

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