The Cleveland Playhouse has announced the casting and creative team for its production of the musical, Eliot Ness...In Cleveland. Ness stars Tony and Drama Desk nominee Alison Fraser (Secret Garden, Romance/Romance) and Drama Desk nominee Burke Moses (Disney's Beauty and the Beast.)
Featuring music and lyrics by Robert Lindsey Nassif and a book by Peter Ulian, Eliot Ness kicks off the Cleveland Playhouse's 2000-2001 Mainstage season. The production begins previews Sept. 26, opens Sept. 29 and runs through Nov. 5.
The creative team comprises director David Esbjornson (former artistic director of NYC's CSC), choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett (Swing!), and casting director Elissa Myers. The show's musical director has not been named.
Ness followed his success in Chicago by going to Cleveland to fight corruption and to work on the "Torso Murders." The Cleveland production follows this story and is described in production notes as "part psychological thriller, part film noir" in tone. Eliot Ness was workshopped in New York at the Director's Company in 1997 through the Hal Prince Musical Theatre Program. It later premiered at the Denver Center Theatre Company in 1998.
The Cleveland Playhouse features eight mainstage productions and three children's productions. -- By Murdoch McBride