It may be only a "Paper Moon," but it's certainly casting a wide beam. After a successful run at the Goodspeed Opera House, followed by an autumn 1996 stint at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, the musical version of Paper Moon is now on its way to the Ford's Theatre in Washington DC.
Based on the film by Peter Bogdanovich and novel, "Addie Pray," by Joe David Brown, the musical has a book by Martin Cassella, lyrics by Ellen Fitshugh, and music by Larry Grossman. John Carrafa choreographs, Matt Cassella directs, with costumes by David Woolard and a set by Jim Youmans. No cast has been announced for the Ford engagement. At Walnut Street, Lindsay Cummings played Addie, Mark Zimmerman was Moze and Julie Johnson played Trixie.
Songs in the show include "Afraid Of Nuthin'," "I Recollect Him" and "Ev'rybody Says So," as well as Trixie's "I Do What I Can (With What I Got)."
Joe Gordon, spokesperson for the Ford's Theatre, confirmed that Paper Moon would begin previews there March 14 and open March 19, with a run scheduled (at least) through June 1997. This will be the first show at Ford's after Anna Deavere Smith's solo, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, closes Feb. 14.
--By David Lefkowitz