New Musical National Pastime Will Play Peter Jay Sharp Theater in August

News   New Musical National Pastime Will Play Peter Jay Sharp Theater in August
National Pastime, which is described as "a new screwball musical comedy," will open in August at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in Manhattan.

The New York debut of the musical, which was originally written for and performed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, will be presented by August Theater Productions. Nancy Robillard will direct with musical direction by David Wolfson. Casting will be announced at a later date.

National Pastime has a book by Tony Sportiello and music and lyrics by Al Tapper. The plot, according to press notes, concerns a "1933 Iowa radio station struggling to survive. The last time they had any ratings was when they broadcast the exploits of their home town baseball team but that team is long gone. So they create a new one, a fictional team who can't lose. They broadcast the games over the air and soon the ratings are soaring. All is well until Life Magazine shows up to do a story on the team."

The show will be performed for three weeks at the Peter Jay Sharp "in preparation for a Broadway run," according to a press statement.

Peter Jay Sharp Theater is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th.

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