The romantic comedy, Maybe Baby, It's You, which saw its last performance at the SoHo Playhouse Off-Broadway in Dec. 1999 will have a new life beginning Nov. 9 at the Theatre at St. Luke’s.
Actors Charlie Shanian and Shari Simpson first played the piece in a three-week run at OOB's Currican Theatre in the summer of 1999. Jeremy Dobrish, artistic director of the adobe theatre company [sic], directed the show, which was described as being about "finding your ideal soul mate."
Charlie Shanian, co-author, along with Shari Simpson, of Maybe Baby, It's You says the original Jeremy Dobrish production received “mostly strong, favorable notices, but the show closed right after the holidays when Equity denied us our petition to reduce performances to four times per week for the months of January and February.”
After that closing, Shanian and Simpson worked on a new musical, Adventures in Love. With music and lyrics by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, that show was produced by Kevin McCollum at the Ordway Music Theater in St. Paul.
Shanian and Simpson now report that Maybe Baby could have two new productions in November, one at the Milwaukee Rep and the open ended St. Luke’s run in New York. The New York production, once again starring Shanian and Simpson, opens Nov. 16 at the Theatre at St. Luke’s. A December production is also planned for Philadelphia, and a run is slated at at the American Heartland Theater in Kansas City.
The production team for the show comprises Tim Flaherty and John Pratt of Entertainment Events (Late Night Catechism).
Tickets are $40. The Theatre at St. Luke’s is located at 308 W. 46 St. For tickets call TeleCharge at (212) 239-6200.
-- By Murdoch McBride