Mamas Mia: California Dreamin', New Mamas and Papas Musical Comes to NYC

News   Mamas Mia: California Dreamin', New Mamas and Papas Musical Comes to NYC The downtown Village Theatre, once the legendary Village Gate, opened in April of 2001 with its inaugural production Love, Janis — an homage to the music great Janis Joplin. Now the reborn theatre presents yet another tribute to (and this time by) a music legend.

Denny Doherty, one of the two surviving members of The Mamas and the Papas, has teamed up with Canadian playwright Paul Ledoux to pen California Dreamin', a musical celebration of his former group. The stage show will play at the Greenwich Village neighborhood where the group began, March 14 with an official opening April 1.

Producer Eric Nederlander presents the work, which traces the story and the glory of the group from its humble beginnings to its rise to fame and back. The musical stars Papa Doherty — one fourth of the team of John Phillips, Michelle Phillips and Cass Elliott — who sang songs like "California Dreamin'," "Dedicated to the One I Love," "I Saw Her Again," "Monday Monday," "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)," which are all featured in the show, among other hits of the period. Another song in the multi-media production is "Dream A Little Dream" — the former title of the musical.

Randal Myler, who helmed the Village's last tenant Love, Janis will direct California Dreamin’. No stranger to musicals derived from popular music, Myler has also directed Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Myler also received credit as playwright on the previous works. Myler directs a new version of Almost Heaven, a musical about the life, times and music of John Denver, for the Denver Center Theatre Company in the 2003-04 season.

The design team will be Walt Spangler (set), David C. Woolard (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting) and Jan Hartley (projections).

For tickets to California Dreamin' at the Village Theatre, 158 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson St.) call Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.