North Shore Postpones Original Musical Orpheus; First Regional Production of Aida Instead

News   North Shore Postpones Original Musical Orpheus; First Regional Production of Aida Instead The North Shore Music Theatre has postponed its upcoming world premiere production of the new musical Orpheus.

A spokesperson for the Massachusetts theatre confirmed that Orpheus, which was scheduled to run Sept. 21-Oct. 10, has been postponed. Orpheus, a retelling of the Greek myth featuring music and lyrics by Michael Levine, was to be directed by Philip Wm. McKinley, currently represented on Broadway with The Boy From Oz. Orpheus will now be part of the North Shore's 50th Anniversary Celebration Season in 2005. Swing!, which was to follow Orpheus into the North Shore, will now play the dates originally scheduled for Orpheus. Filling the original Swing! slot will be Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. The North Shore is the first regional theatre granted the rights to produce the Disney hit currently playing Broadway's Palace Theatre. Stafford Arima will direct Aida, which will be a "completely original production of the current Broadway show." Aida will run Oct. 26 Nov. 21.

The complete line-up for the upcoming North Shore season follows:
Kiss Me, Kate: April 27-May 16, 2004
Tom Jones: June 1 - 20, 2004
Disney's Beauty and the Beast: July 6 - August 1, 2004
Nine: August 24 - September 12, 2004
Swing!: September 21 - October 10, 2004 
Aida: October 26 - November 21, 2004

The North Shore Music Theatre is located in Beverly, MA at 62 Dunham Road. Call (978) 232-7200 for more information or visit the theatre on line at www.nsmt.org.