Larry Gatlin and James Naughton Penning New Musical

News   Larry Gatlin and James Naughton Penning New Musical Country music star Larry Gatlin — who will perform at the Metropolitan Room May 15 and 16 — and Tony Award winner James Naughton are joining forces on a new musical entitled Quanah Parker.
James Naughton
James Naughton Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The musical, according to press notes for Gatlin's forthcoming Metropolitan Room gig, is "based on the life of Quanah Parker, a mixed race Native American (his mother was a white captive) who, as the last Comanche chief, is celebrated for never losing a battle to the American army." Gatlin will include songs from Quanah at the Metropolitan Room, where he will be joined by several special guests. Dee Hoty and Michael Lanning will be Gatlin's guests May 15 at 8 PM, and Naughton and Nicolette Hart will join him May 16 at 8 PM.

The concerts will also include Gatlin's gospel hits, songs from his Gatlin Brothers gospel album and tunes from such Broadway shows as The Will Rogers Follies, The Civil War and The Music Man.

Larry Gatlin made his Broadway debut in the splashy 1991 Will Rogers Follies, which featured a score by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. He also appeared on tour with the show, which was first directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune. Gatlin, who also toured with The Civil War, is probably best known as a singer and as one of the three Gatlin Brothers. He is also a songwriter, author and actor.

James Naughton won Tony Awards for his performances in City of Angels and the revival of Chicago and a MAC Award for his cabaret evening, "James Naughton: Street of Dreams." He directed the Broadway revivals of Our Town and The Price, and his screen credits include "Brooklyn Bridge," "The Cosby Mysteries," "Ally McBeal," "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Good Mother," "The Glass Menagerie" and "The Paper Chase."

The Metropolitan Room is located in Manhattan at 34 West 22nd Street. There is a $25 cover charge and a two-drink minimum; call (212) 206-0440 for reservations.

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