Fresh off the Oct. 7 Barrymore Awards for his work on Baby Case, composer-lyricist-librettist Michael Ogborn is teaming again with the Arden Theatre — the Philadelphia troupe that gave voice to his Lindbergh-baby fantasia — to workshop a new musical, Café Puttanesca.
Arden artistic director Terrence J. Nolen, who helmed Baby Case in fall 2001, will direct the workshop of the show beginning around Nov. 23. Baby Case won four 2002 Barrymore Awards, Philly's highest theatre honor, for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical, Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical (Scott Greer) and Outstanding Original Music (Ogborn).
The new show is set in a post-war European cafe, where ladies of the evening gather to sing songs and tell the stories of their lives.
The workshop rehearsals will lead toward a free public presentation, similar to the way Baby Case developed. The workshop of Café Puttanesca is part of The Independence Foundation New Play Showcase at the Arden.
— By Kenneth Jones