Terrence Mann and Jerome Korman's rock version of Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, will receive its world premiere Aug. 17-Sept. 5 at the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, MN. Mann directs the piece with choreography by Christopher d'Amboise and musical direction by Korman.
Equity auditions for the piece are being held in New York May 3, with rehearsals running June 21-Aug. 16 in both New York and Minneapolis. According to Ordway press representative Lara Hughes, there were no plans, as of March 25, for the production to tour or move on. However, the show's casting announcement bills Romeo and Juliet, the Musical as being "pre-Broadway."
In February 1999, Romeo received a sold out, 10-performance workshop production at CT's Goodspeed-at-Chester with the same creative team. The workshop starred Miss Saigon's Deedee Lynn Magno as Juliet and Tim Martin Gleason as Romeo.
Mann, a two time Tony Award nominee for Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast, created the role of Chauvelin in the first version of The Scarlet Pimpernel. He is the artistic director of North Carolina Theatre. Korman, the musical director for the National Dance Institute, has composed for daytime television and conducted at the Kennedy Center, the White House and Lincoln Center.
A second musical Adventures in Love will also make its world premiere at the Ordway, running April 4-May 28, 2000. With music by Zina Goldrich and lyrics by Marcy Heisler, Adventures is a musical comedy about falling in love -- with the relationships, rituals and revenge that go with it. Goldrich and Heisler are the authors of Dear Edwina produced Off-Broadway at the Harold Clurman and the revue Make Your Own Party at Don't Tell Mama's. Other shows slated for the Ordway in the 1999-2000 season are Jolson starring Mike Burstyn (July 13-25), Maripat Donovan and Vicki Quade's Late Nite Catechism playing in the McKnight Theatre Sept. 28-Jan. 9, 2000, Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Nov. 5-21), Rent (Dec. 21-Jan. 1, 2000), the national tour of The Scarlet Pimpernel (March 7-19, 2000), Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story (May 30-June 4, 2000) and Les Miserables (June 7-24, 2000).
Subscription tickets ($273-$130) are available by calling (651) 224 7661. Single tickets will go on sale in the summer through the Ordway Box Office number at (651) 224-4222. The Ordway Theatre is on the web at http://www.ordway.org.
-- By Christine Ehren and David Lefkowitz