Mitchell Maxwell Will Direct New Blues and Jazz Musical, The City Club, at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane

News   Mitchell Maxwell Will Direct New Blues and Jazz Musical, The City Club, at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane The American premiere of The City Club, billed as "an original blues and jazz musical about the indisputable intoxication of music," will begin Off-Broadway April 3, prior to an official opening April 23, at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

Mitchell Maxwell
Mitchell Maxwell

The new musical, featuring a score by James Compton, Tony Demeur and Tim Brown with a book by Glenn M. Stewart, will be directed by Mitchell Maxwell (Bells Are Ringing, Damn Yankees) and choreographed by Lorin Latarro (American Idiot associate choreographer).

Casting will be announced at a later date.

The City Club, according to producers, "is a twisting noir morality tale of intrigue, murder, corruption and sex supported by one of the most seductive blues and jazz scores written for the stage in decades. It is the story of Charles 'Chaz' Davenport, a young privileged scion of a spectacularly corrupt family whose vice grip on their city is as tight as it is inescapable. The sins of the father have visited unimaginable wealth on the son. Obsessed with music and the people who write it, play it, sing it and worship it, Chaz has opened The City Club, a Mecca of pure and unbridled musical genius, opportunity and escape. The club's instant success attracts his father's enemies who bring with them extremely creative and very effective revenge tactics. The universe inside the club spirals as low as city outside. Absinthe becomes the drink of choice, heroine the desired high and women the most valuable form of currency."

Other members of the creative team include scenic designer Rob Bissinger, costume designer David C. Woolard, lighting designer David F. Segal and sound designer Carl Casella.

The City Club premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival and was given an industry reading in January 2011 at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre. The musical is being produced Off-Broadway by The City Club Development, LLC. The Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane (south of West 3rd Street between MacDougal Street and Sixth Avenue). For more information and tickets, call (800) 982-2787 or visit Ticketmaster.com or www.thecityclubbroadway.com.

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