Two new Broadway musicals, Harold Prince's Parade and Michael John LaChiusa's Marie Christine, will open at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center in 1999, The New York Times reported Mar. 20.
LaChiusa, who earned a cult following with his Hello Again Off Broadway and Chronicle of a Death Foretold on Broadway, is again collaborating with director-choreographer Graciela (Ragtime) Daniele on Marie Christine, which is described as "a quasi-operatic version of Medea, set in 1880s New Orleans and Chicago."
Coincidentally, Harold Prince directed LaChiusa Off-Broadway flop, The Petrified Prince. Marie Christine will open at the Beaumont sometime in 1999; the Times gave no more specific date.
What's new about Prince's previously-announced Parade is that its Broadway staging will come about thanks to a new alliance between the non-profit Lincoln Center Theatre, and Livent Inc., the Toronto-based powerhouse that has put Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Candide, Barrymore and other shows on Broadway in recent years.
Prince will direct Parade, which has a book by Alfred Uhry (Last Night of Ballyhoo) and a score by Jason Robert Brown. Parade tells the story of a Jewish factory owner in the deep South who finds his identity and his manhood only after he is falsely accused in the death of a 13-year-old girl. The Times said New York rehearsals will begin in October with previews starting before the end of 1998 and an opening scheduled for early 1999. Livent chairman Garth Drabinsky told the Times he also plans to bring his Bob Fosse dance revue Fosse -- A Celebration of Song and Dance to New York in spring 1999.
As previously announced, Lincoln Center Theatre also is producing on May 14 A New Brain, the latest musical by William (Falsettos) Finn and James (Into the Woods) Lapine, at its Off-Broadway space, the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre.
The Times quoted LCT Artistic Director Andre Bishop saying, "Both Parade and Marie Christine are big, serious pieces, involving issues of anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice . . . I just think that in the last year of the century it will be great to make a statement about the musical theater form. It is one of the great art forms of the century, and I love the idea of doing two big, serious shows in a row by young composer-lyricists."