MTC Weighing Future Life for LoveMusik, Blackbird

News   MTC Weighing Future Life for LoveMusik, Blackbird
 
LoveMusik, the world premiere musical that officially opens May 3 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, may transfer to a commercial run, Variety speculates.

Marty Bell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) leads a team of producers that has contributed $2 million in enhancement money to the production at the non-profit company. MTC executives have no definitive word on a transfer, and are likely waiting for the reviews to appear.

The trade paper does quote book writer Alfred Uhry as saying, "There's already offers to do it in all sorts of other places."

The trade paper reports that MTC is also weighing a future life for its American premiere production of David Harrower's play Blackbird, starring Jeff Daniels, which is running Off-Broadway at City Center Stage I. On the strength of robust ticket sales and positive reviews, the play recently extended through June 10. The play's London production won the Olivier Award for Best New Play.

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The Manhattan Theatre Club staging of LoveMusik stars Tony Award winners Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy, with David Pittu (as Bertolt Brecht) and John Scherer (as George Davis). Also featured are Judith Blazer (Titanic), Edwin Cahill, Herndon Lackey (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade), Erik Liberman, Ann Morrison (Merrily We Roll Along), Graham Rowat (Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Dr. Zhivago), Rachel Ulanet (King David) and Jessica Wright (2006's Company, 2005's Sweeney Todd). Suggested by the letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, LoveMusik features a book by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy, Parade), "a full range of Kurt Weill songs," musical staging by Patricia Birch (A Little Night Music), and direction by 21-time Tony Award winner Harold Prince (The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret and Sweeney Todd).

LoveMusik "follows the lives of the unlikeliest of lovers — the brilliant, intellectual German composer Kurt Weill (Cerveris) and the woman who became his muse and star, Lotte Lenya (Murphy)," according to MTC. "LoveMusik is an epic romance, set in Berlin, Paris, Broadway and Hollywood, spanning 25 years in the lives of this complicated couple."

Act One is called "Europe," and Act Two is called "America."

LoveMusik features the lyrics of Maxwell Anderson, Bertolt Brecht, Howard Dietz, Roger Fernay, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, Maurice Magre, Ogden Nash, Elmer Rice and Kurt Weill.

LoveMusik is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, artistic director, Barry Grove, executive producer) by special arrangement with Marty Bell, Aldo Scrofani, Boyett Ostar Productions, Tracy Aron, Roger Berlind/Debra Black, Chase Mishkin and Ted Snowdon.

The LoveMusik design and production team are Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), Judith Dolan (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Duncan Edwards (sound design), Paul Huntley (wig design), Angelina Avallone (makeup design), Mark Simon (casting), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrations), Kristen Blodgette (musical supervisor), Seymour Red Press (music coordinator), Milton Granger (additional vocal arrangements), and Nicholas Archer (conductor).

LoveMusik tickets are currently on sale through June 17.

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NYC metro area, online at Telecharge.com, and at the Biltmore Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $76.25-$101.25.

Visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com for more information.

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