The upcoming season of the resident troupe devoted exclusively to musicals will also include Ain't Misbehavin'; a restoration of the Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's musical satire Jamaica; a new 1950s-set world premiere musical, Dollface penned by a member of The Hooters; and the holiday pop-rock musical, Striking 12, by Rachel Sheinkin, Valeria Vigoda and Brendan Milburn.
A Night in the Old Marketplace is by composer Frank London and lyricist Glen Berger. Marketplace (Sept. 28-Oct. 21, opening Oct. 6) "spins a magical tale of men who wrestle with ghosts, in order to right a past wrong, in a fantastic journey, to rediscover the meaning of faith."
The production was conceived and will be directed by Alexandra Aron. Music is by Grammy Award-winning composer London (of The Klezmatics), with book and lyrics by Berger.
Music direction will be by Eric Barnes (of Prince's Annie Get Your Gun).
Here's a look at the 2007-08 Prince season:
Jamaica (May 30-June 22, 2008), music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg, book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy. "This 1957 Broadway hit is newly re-imagined with its original anti-consumerist, anti-war comic bite and storyline restored. An amazing Harold Arlen score freshly orchestrated to combine the hot tang of steel drums and Caribbean nights with the cool jazz of Broadway." The Prince will be the first theatre ever to restore the original script and music by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Yip Harburg and a book by Harburg and Fred Saidy. The tale is set in a Jamaican fishing village, and "tells the story of a fisherman and his girlfriend who long to get away and live the high life in New York." According to the Prince, "Originally, it was to be an anti-materialism tale that used calypso songs to satirize the commercialism of '50s America. But, the book was stripped and it became a revue."
Lena Horne and Ricardo Montalban starred in the original; it was written with Harry Belafonte in mind. "Cocoanut Sweet" and "Push de Button" are two of its better-known songs.
Upstairs in the Independence Foundation Black Box, the Morgans Cabaret series will feature Billy Stritch (Sept. 26-Oct. 7), Mark Nadler (Oct. 30-Nov. 11), Anna Bergman (Feb. 13-24) and Marilyn Maye (June 4-15).
Subscriptions and groups are currently on sale at the box office or by calling Upstages on (215) 569-9700. For more information, visit www.princemusictheater.org.
The Prince Music Theater is located at 1412 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.