Randy Newman's Faust Opens in Chicago

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Tbe revised version of the new American musical Randy Newman's Faust opens Sept. 30 at Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

Tbe revised version of the new American musical Randy Newman's Faust opens Sept. 30 at Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

The limited engagment is scheduled through Nov. 2.

Michael Greif, who directed the show's world premiere in September 1995 at La Jolla Playhouse (where he is artistic director), has staged the Chicago production. Greif was nominated for a 1996 Tony Award as Best Director for the musical phenomenon Rent.

The official opening night is Sept. 30

The musical shows the story as the result of a bet between God and Lucifer, as they try to see whether a single man -- Henry Faust, portrayed as a egomaniacal football player -- can keep to the straight and narrow. Music is by Newman, who wrote film scores for The Natural and Toy Story, who who had recorded many pop albums including Land of Dreams.

Reviews for the LA Jolla production were promising but indicated that the score and story needed better focus. By the time the show opens, Newman will have had a year to rewrite.

Commercial producers Warner Bros. and Broadway Video reportedly still have an interest in the production.

Newman made a studio CD of the score, with himself as Satan, James Taylor as God, Don Henley as Faust, and Elton John and Bonnie Raitt in supporting roles.

The Chicago production will feature Ken Page as God and David Garrison as Satan.

Also announced for the Goodman's 1996-97 Mainstage season:
* The Young Man From Atlanta: Horton Foote's 1995 Pulitzer-winning drama, directed by Robert Falls. Jan. 10-Feb. 16.
* Light Up the Sky: Revival of 1948 Moss Hart comedy about life backstage at a Broadway show in tryouts. March 14-April 19.
* All the Rage: World premiere of "corrosive comedy" by Keith Reddin about America's love affair with handguns. May 2-June 7, 1997.
* Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: Revival of 1984 August Wilson drama about black jazz musicians gathering for a fateful 1920s recording session.

For information on Goodman shows: (312) 443-3800.

-- By Robert Viagas

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