Like You Like It collaborators Acquisto (music) and Buck (lyrics) have teamed with Drama Desk-nominated Wanda's World book writer Weinberger on the new musical about a young performer finding his way in life in the early 1980's.
Nick Cearley, who appeared in the national tour of All Shook Up and regional productions of Pageant, Altar Boyz and The Great American Trailer Park Musical, will star in the new solo musical directed by Igor Goldin. …And then I Wrote a Song About It will officially open Nov. 27 and run through Dec. 19.
Here's how the creators describe the musical: "Set in the glittering disco era and beyond, the musical, portrays a 'perspiring' actor-singer-songwriter-dancer-secretary as he searches for love and fame in the early 1980s."
According to Weinberger, "The genesis of the show is that I wanted to write something for Nick, because I think he’s such an extraordinary talent. I went back to prehistoric times, when I was in my late 20s and early 30s, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and trying to find myself. I approached Dan and Sammy about writing the score because I had gotten to know and like them and admire their work – I am so delighted to have had the experience of working with them."
…And then I Wrote a Song About It will have musical direction by Christian Imboden, choreography by Antoinette DiPietropolo, set design by Robert Monaco, lighting design by Jill Nagle and costume design by Hunter Kaczorowski. Acquisto and Buck's musicals include The 7-Year B*tch, The Frog & the Witch, Matthew Takes Mannahatta (book by Aurin Squire), Barry the Hatchet, and the NYMF-commissioned dance piece Andy Warhol Was Right. They are also creating The Ugly Swan and are contributing writers for the Rent-inspired musical Speargrove Presents.
Weinberger's works include Class Mothers ’68, Six Hands, The Nightwatchman. His musical Wanda's World is hoping for a 2011 Broadway debut.
For tickets visit LunaStage.
Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road in West Orange NJ.