New Beane-Flinn Musical, Give It Up!, Will Play Dallas; Musical Superman Gets Revision

News   New Beane-Flinn Musical, Give It Up!, Will Play Dallas; Musical Superman Gets Revision
The world premiere of Give It Up!, the new Lysistrata-inspired musical from Tony Award-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane and composer Lewis Flinn, will be presented as part of the 2009-10 season at the Dallas Theater Center.
Douglas Carter Beane
Douglas Carter Beane Photo by Aubrey Reuben

DTC will inaugurate the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre with a season that also includes a revised production of the musical It's a Bird…It's a Plane…It's Superman, as well as Death of a Salesman, Neil LaBute's The Beauty Plays, A Christmas Carol and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is the first production, playing Oct. 24-Nov. 22. Kevin Moriarty directs the romantic romp that will feature Hassan El-Amin, Chamblee Ferguson, Liz Mikel, Cedric Neal, Lee Trull and Sally Nystuen Vahle.

Richard Hellesen's adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, featuring music by David de Berry, will follow from Dec. 1-27. Joel Ferrell will direct Chamblee Ferguson, Matthew Gray, Sean Hennigan and Christina Vela in the holiday classic.

The world premiere musical Give It Up! launches the new year from Jan. 15-Feb. 14, 2010. With a book by Beane (Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu) and a score by Flinn, the show re-sets the Greek classic Lysistrata (about women who go on a sex strike) in an "American college gym where the cheerleaders teach the basketball team their real power to 'Just say no!' It's a raucous twist on the student body that turns tunics to gym shorts, a vanquished army into the Varsity squad, and the Greek chorus into co-eds."

Give It Up! will feature direction and choreography by Dan Knechtges, who choreographed the Broadway productions of Xanadu, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and 110 in the Shade. Neil LaBute's The Beauty Plays, including The Shape of Things, Fat Pig and a third play to be announced, will run Feb. 23-May 23, 2010. Matthew Gray, Kevin Moriarty, Joel Ferrell will direct the plays that are set to feature Lee Trull and Christina Vela.

Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Death of a Salesman, running April 16-May 16, will feature Hassan El-Amin, Chamblee Ferguson, Matthew Gray, Sean Hennigan, Liz Mikel, Cedric Neal and Sally Nystuen Vahle.

Good Boys and True playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has adapted the book for a new production of the 1960s Charles Strouse and Lee Adams musical It's a Bird…It's a Plane…It's Superman. Aguirre-Sacasa, a writer of comic books including "Marvel Knights 4" and "Sensational Spider-Man," will deliver a hip new version of the original David Newman-Robert Benton book.

Kevin Moriarty will direct Superman with choreography by Joel Ferrell. Cast members include Hassan El-Amin, Sean Hennigan and Cedric Neal.

For tickets, phone (214) 252-3923, or visit DallasTheaterCenter. The Dallas Theater Center is located at 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. at Blackburn St. in Dallas, TX.

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