Playbill On-Line previously reported that the show's lyricist and conceiver, David Zippel, would direct an imminent regional run, and Goodspeed confirmed March 11 the new show will play the Terris, in Chester, CT, Nov. 4-28.
Goodspeed also announced dates for the new Elvis Presley-inspired musical, All Shook Up, May 13-June 6 at the Terris. A third Terris show, Aug. 5-29, will be announced. Goodspeed's mainstage is Goodspeed Opera House in nearby East Haddam.
As previously reported, All Shook Up features the songs of Elvis Presley. "This is not an autobiographical revue but rather a new book musical set in 1955, somewhere in middle America," according to Goodspeed. "In a roadside honky-tonk, a surprise visit from a mysterious, leather-jacketed stranger will lead a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock and roll."
The score includes "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel" and "Can't Help Falling In Love."
The new musical comedy has a book by Joe DiPietro, whose most recent credits include The Thing About Men, Memphis and Off-Broadway's I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Christopher Ashley (The Rocky Horror Show, They All Laughed, Valhalla and more) directs. Choreography is by Jodi Moccia. Princesses, the ascendant new musical with score by lyricist David Zippel and composer Matthew Wilder, and book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, will have a March 15-19 reading in Manhattan.
The process is expected to be the first time the most recent draft of the show is fully explored, though it culminates in an hourlong excerpt for a private industry reading March 19.
Screenwriters Bill and Cheri Steinkellner recently found success as writers of the well-reviewed "Teacher's Pet," the new Disney animated picture.
Zippel met the Steinkellners when he was briefly linked (by one meeting) as a potential lyricist on "Teacher's Pet." The direction of the movie shifted and Zippel didn't end up on the project. But he liked the Steinkellners' sensibilities so much that he pitched them the idea for Princesses, a contemporary stage musical that references the classic novel-for-girls, "A Little Princess."
As previously reported by Playbill On-Line, the show has music by Matthew Wilder ("Mulan"), book by the Steinkellners (Emmy Award-winning veteran writers of TV's "Frasier") and lyrics by Zippel (City of Angels, "Hercules"). A cutting of the developing show was seen in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival of New Musicals in September 2003, and there have been refinements since then, Zippel previously said.
A hunky young character has been added, for example, to punctuate the largely female world of the show.
Princesses is a musical within a musical about a group of "seen-it-all, too-hip-for-their-roommates private school girls" who are forced by an enthusiastic teacher (played by English) to put on a production of Frances Hodgson Burnett's Victorian classic, "A Little Princess."
According to earlier presentation notes about the show, "At the center of Princesses are two father-daughter stories. The contemporary story revolves around 16-year old Miranda Finck (played by Fellner) and her father, superstar Kevin Finch (Brent Barrett) — once Shakespeare in the Park's lauded Henry IV, now People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. Miranda feels dumped in the exclusive Reardon School by her jet-setting father after her mother's death. A 'quality time' visit from Kevin results in his taking charge of the struggling student show with hilarious consequences. Simultaneously we watch the parallel father-daughter story of 'A Little Princess' unfold as the school production progresses from auditions through rehearsals with both stories resolving onstage on opening night."
The idea for the show was Zippel's. He envisions a cast of 14-20. Lyricist Zippel is a Tony Award-winner for City of Angels and a two-time Oscar nominee ("Hercules," "Mulan"). He is also lyricist of the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, The Woman in White.
The Steinkellners produced and wrote seven seasons of "Cheers." Wilder is an Oscar and Grammy nominee who penned the score to Disney's "Mulan" and pop songs for No Doubt, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson.
The score contains contemporary pop, sung by the girls, musical comedy numbers and a slightly more traditional sound for the show within a show.
Composer Andrew Lippa is working with lyricist-librettist Brian Crawley on an unrelated adaptation of the novel, "A Little Princess." It has its world premiere Aug. 18 at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA. Susan Schulman directs.
At this time, Goodspeed Musicals tickets for the Norma Terris season are available only by purchasing advance season subscriptions at (860) 873-8668. For more information, visit www.goodspeed.org.