Maltby-Directed Mask Musical to World Premiere in Arizona

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The world premiere of the musical Mask, based on the 1985 Peter Bogdanovich film of the same name, will run Nov. 24-Dec. 15 in Tucson and Dec. 31-Jan. 20, 2008 in Phoenix as part of the Arizona Theatre Company's 2007-08 season.

Mask has a book by Anna Hamilton Phelan (screenwriter of the original film) and music and lyrics by the team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (Smokey Joe's Cafe), with direction by Richard Maltby, Jr (director of Ain't Misbehavin', Baby, Fosse and Ring of Fire and lyrics and book for The Pirate Queen, among others).

The season will also include the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s play The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Other offerings will include To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee; George Gershwin Alone, with a book by Hershey Felder and music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, starring Felder; and The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. A sixth play will be announced on April 2.

The company's shows perform in both Tuscon and Phoenix. The season schedule at a glance:

George Gershwin Alone
Book by Hershey Felder
Music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Directed by Joel Zwick
Tucson, Sept. 12-Oct. 2
Phoenix, Oct. 11-28

Show to be announced
Tucson, Oct. 20-Nov. 10
Phoenix, Nov. 15-Dec. 2 Mask
Book by Anna Hamilton Phelan
Music and lyrics by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Tucson, Nov. 24-Dec. 15
Phoenix, Dec. 31-Jan. 20, 2008

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
By Jeffrey Hatcher
Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson
Directed by David Ira Goldstein
Tucson, Jan. 12-Feb. 22, 2008
Phoenix, Feb. 7-24, 2008

To Kill a Mockingbird
Adapted by Christopher Sergel
Based on the novel by Harper Lee
Tucson, March 1-22, 2008
Phoenix, March 27-April 13, 2008

The Clean House
By Sarah Ruhl
Tucson, April 5-26, 2008
Phoenix, May 1-18, 2008

Subscriptions for Arizona Theatre Company’s 2007-2008 season are currently on sale. All Tucson performances take place at the Temple of Music and Art (330 S. Scott Avenue); call the box office at (520) 622-2823. All Phoenix performances take place at the Herberger Theater Center (222 E. Monroe Street); call the box office at (602) 256-6995. Visit www.arizonatheatre.org for more information.

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