New Musical, My Wife's Name Is Maurice, Gets NYC Presentation

News   New Musical, My Wife's Name Is Maurice, Gets NYC Presentation Don Siegel and Ron Clark's musical comedy, My Wife's Name Is Maurice, which has long been in development, will get an industry presentation on May 1 at New York's Dramatists' Guild. Expected to be in attendance is Mel Brooks, a Clark collaborator and longtime supporter of the project.

The show is based on the French farce of the same name, a hit in Paris in the late '90s. Like Brooks' The Producers, the musical concerns the staging of a troubled production and features two central characters—in this case George Grimes and Maurice Bingham. George, a director-writer composer, is about to open his first effort in 22 years, Roxanne and Cyrano. Nothing is going well. The unpaid cast and crew are ready to walk out. His leading lady (and mistress), incensed over the cutting of one of her songs, is threatening to tell all to her husband, who happens to be George's biggest backer. And the show itself looks headed straight for the ashcan. As for Maurice, he is the head of the Benevolent Society of Fraternal Unification (B.S.F.U. for short), which raises money for worthy causes. Before Maurice knows what's happened, he becomes deeply embroiled in the jinxed Roxanne and Cyrano.

Clark helped write such Brooks films as "High Anxiety" and "Silent Movie." Siegal's many projects include Lewis and Clark, a musical about the famous explorers, which he is creating with librettist Arthur Kopit.