Little Fish Swims Off-Broadway, New LaChiusa Musical Starts Jan. 22

News   Little Fish Swims Off-Broadway, New LaChiusa Musical Starts Jan. 22 Second Stage Theatre's staging of Michael John LaChiusa's world premiere musical, Little Fish, begins previews Jan. 22 at the midtown Manhattan venue.
Jennifer Laura Thompson tries to quit smoking in Little Fish.
Jennifer Laura Thompson tries to quit smoking in Little Fish. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

The new tuner is scheduled to open Off-Broadway Feb. 13.

Composer of Broadway musicals such as The Wild Party and Marie Christine, LaChiusa sets his new musical, Little Fish, in New York City "over the course of the present year." The show, based on the stories of writer Deborah Eisenberg, centers around a neurotic New Yorker who reflects on her attempts to quit smoking, exercise regularly, and find the man of her dreams in the big city.

"Not to wax metaphorical, but we're all little fish in some way, shape or form and sometimes it's good to swim in schools," LaChuisa explained to Playbill Radio about the show's title.

The ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Laura Thompson (Urinetown), Lea DeLaria (The Rocky Horror Show), Marcy Harriell (Rent), Hugh Panaro (The Phantom of the Opera), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (On the Town), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Summer of '42), Ken Marks (Mamma Mia!), and Eric Jordan Young (Seussical).

Hyphenate Graciela Daniele (Once on This Island, Marie Christine, A New Brain) directs and choreographs the work with book, lyrics and music by LaChiusa. Dan Lipton serves as musical director. Bruce Coughlin (Urinetown) provides orchestrations.

The creative team includes Riccardo Hernandez (sets), Peggy Eisenhauer (lights), Toni Leslie James (costumes) and Scott Lehrer (sound).

For subscriptions or single tickets, call Second Stage, 307 West 43rd Street, at (212) 246-4422. Tickets will be available Jan. 3. For more information, visit the Second Stage website at www.secondstagetheatre.com.