The workshop will be "reincarnated and directed" by the previously announced Tony winner Michael Mayer, with Lawrence Yurman as musical director and arranger and JoAnn Hunter as choreographer. The concert will also feature a new book by Peter Parnell based on Lerner's original.
About the changes to the script, Mayer told the New York Times, "I’m really not trying to be coy, but I don’t want to over-explain it . . . By playing a little bit with gender, I thought I could make a different kind of love triangle at the center of it. That’s the goal. What I really wanted to do is keep as much of the spirit of the original show intact, and use as many of the songs that I loved so much, in there."
A 280-performance disappointment that starred John Cullum and Barbara Harris, the 1965 show nevertheless produced a cast album and inspired a film and has achieved a cult status. Vincente Minnelli directed the movie, which has Barbra Streisand as quirky Daisy Gamble and Yves Montand as a shrink who has difficulty believing there is more to her than science could explain. The title song has become well-known, and the lament "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" is a favorite for cabaret divas. The score includes "Come Back to Me," "Melinda," "Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here," "On the S.S. Bernard Cohn," "Tosy and Cosh," "Don't Tamper With My Sister," "She Wasn't You," "Wait 'Til We're Sixty-Five," "When I'm Being Born Again." The film also has the additional songs "Love With All the Trimmings" and "Go to Sleep," the latter a unique counterpoint duet Daisy sings with herself.
In February 2000 Encores! presented a concert revival starring Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Friedman, with Brent Barrett as a lover from one of Daisy's many past lives. For tickets visit powerhouse.vassar.edu or call (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599.