Ben West, who served as the assistant director and dramaturg for the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Old Acquaintance, has adapted the musical, excising five musical numbers from the production and eliminating the ensemble and four major roles.
Featuring a book by Max Shulman, music by Elmer Bernstein and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, the Fringe staging of How Now, Dow Jones will include three songs cut from the original Broadway production: "Don't Let a Good Thing Get Away," "Where You Are" and "Touch and Go."
West directs a cast led by Litzsinger (Amour, Beauty and the Beast), Hanlon (Rent) and Berman (The Normal Heart), as well as Shane Bland (Bombay Dreams), Dennis O'Bannion (White Christmas), Elon Rutberg (The Black Monk) and Cori Silberman (Movie Geek).
According to press notes, "How Now, Dow Jones is a zany musical comedy that follows Kate, the voice of Dow Jones, whose fiancé won’t marry her until the Dow Jones Averages hit 1,000! Bribery, adultery and neurotic Republicans are abound in this madcap and timely tale set in the heart of Wall Street."
How Now, Dow Jones will have choreography by Rommy Sandhu and music direction and arrangements by Fran Minarik. Dates of production and a venue for How Now, Dow Jones will be announced shortly. FringeNYC runs Aug. 14-30.
Tickets for the 2009 FringeNYC will go on sale July 24. For further information phone (866) 468-7619 or visit FringeNYC.