The show has book and lyrics by Scott Burkell, and music by Paul Loesel. The team is currently working on the new musical, Ella Minnow Pea, based on the adult fable by Mark Dunn. Joe Calarco is attached as director.
The Six of One cast in Pennsylvania includes Laura Catlaw, Colleen Hazlett, Meghan Heimbecker, Matthew Hultgren, Noah Mazaika and Michael Ponte, under the direction of Megan Nicole O'Brien.
11th Hour Theatre Company is producing the Philly run at 2111 Sansom Street. For more information, visit www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org.
Tickets are $15. To reserve, call the fringe box office at (215) 413-1318 or visit www.livearts-fringe.org.
* A CAP21-produced Equity showcase production of the urban-relationships musical Six of One played Manhattan May 16-27, 2005, offering the writing team the first chance to see the project move on its feet.
The show, about three New York couples who are longtime pals, had been heard in various book-in-hand readings in Manhattan, including a spring 2004 presentation by CAP21, the New York City performing arts conservatory that also develops new plays.
Composer Loesel and lyricist Burkell are Larson Award winners for their work together. Lynne Shankel was musical director.
Six of One has been seen in various readings over the past five years, including the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in 2001. The writers won a Jonathan Larson Developmental Grant in 2000 for the show.
Burkell, who is also an actor, previously said the idea for the show started as a way to use his talented friends who were not working.
Burkell and composer Loesel knew they wanted to write a "book show" with genuine, contemporary-sounding songs — not a "sung-through" piece. The show is set present-day Manhattan. The characters, except for young college-age character, are former college classmates, drifting into middle age. The writers said they wanted to create an ensemble work.
"People ask, 'Who is it about'? And we say, 'Whose story do you relate to most?'" Burkell previously told Playbill.com.