Brochures sent to potential Playwrights Horizons subscribers the week of June 21 revealed a 1999-2000 season that includes two musicals and two plays, including the world premiere of the award-winning musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.
As previously reported, James Lapine's unnamed new work, tentatively titled Who's On Top, about a New York couple and their artistic careers and conflicts over the years, is part of the mix, Feb. 18-March 26. Daniel Sullivan (Far East) had been mentioned as director.
The season begins Oct. 1-Nov. 14 with the musical version of James Joyce's The Dead, by Shaun Davey (music and lyrics) and Richard Nelson (book and lyrics). Jack Hofsiss will direct.
Kira Obolensky's Kesselring Award-winning Lobster Alice will have its New York premiere in the season, Dec. 17-Jan. 23, 2000, telling of a Hollywood animator in 1946, his assistant, and a strange visit from Salvador Dali.
Bubbly Black Girl, a musical memoir infused with music styles from jazz and pop to Motown, with book, music and lyrics by Kirsten Childs, will play April 28, 2000-June 4, 200 under the direction of Wilfredo Medina. The show traces a journey from the 1960s to the 1990s as Viveca "Bubbly" Stanton reaches through questions about race, gender and relationships. Choreography is by Footloose's A.C. Ciulla. Childs received the Jonathan Larson Award, the Richard Rodgers Development Award and the Ed Kleban Award for Lyrics.
Lapine's past work includes writing the libretti to Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park With George and Falsettos, and the play, Twelve Dreams.
He recently directed Golden Child, The Diary of Anne Frank and the German staging of Hunchback of Notre Dame, for Disney.
Richard Nelson's well-reviewed dark family drama, Goodnight Children Everywhere, ended June 20 at Playwrights. His works include Some Americans Abroad, Two Shakespearean Actors and the book to Chess.
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-- By Kenneth Jones