Michael Bush (Stormy Weather, Based on a Totally True Story) will direct the production, which press notes state, "is a musical Victorian melodrama, told in the tradition of Irish pub storytelling. It tells the tale of Jordan, a woman who runs a boarding house for prostitutes in late 19th century Scully Square Boston, and her crippled daughter Wilder, who posses a magical ability to play the penny whistle. Amidst hookers, thugs, and pubs, they struggle against a corrupt political machine and a mysterious 'strangler' who may just have moved into their midst."
Joining Anderson and Noll for the NYMF production will be Sean Attebury, Cole Burden, Daren de Paul, Tom Galantich, Trisha Jeffrey, Jillian Louis, T. J. Mannix, Catherine LaVelle and Patrick Ryan Sullivan.
Janet Watson (Big River) will provide musical staging, with set design by Anna Louizos (Tony Award nominee for High Fidelity), costume design by Karen Ledger and lighting design by Traci Klainer. Michael Morris will serve as musical director.
Marcus Hummon is the Grammy Award-winning composer of "Bless the Broken Road." His other country hits include "Only Love," recorded by Wynona Judd, as well as Bryan White's "Love Is the Right Place," Sara Evans' "Born to Fly," SHeDAISY's "Get Over Yourself," the Dixie Chicks' "Ready to Run" and "Cowboy Take Me Away." Hummon has also composed several musicals including the upcoming Off-Broadway musical American Duet; Francis of Guernica; Warrior, which had its NY premiere at the NYMF in 2006; Atlanta, slated for fall production at the Geffen Playhouse; and Surrender Road, which will be part of Lincoln Center's 2007-2008 season.
The Piper will play Sept. 18–29 at the Theater at St. Clements, located at 423 West 46th Street in Manhattan. For tickets and further information visit www.nymf.org.