Roundabout's 2003-2004 Season May See Assassins and Duncan Sheik Musical

News   Roundabout's 2003-2004 Season May See Assassins and Duncan Sheik Musical The Roundabout Theatre Company has begun its renewal drive for the 2003-04 season and are enticing would-be subscribers with a slew of new works and its traditional revivals.

Among names being considered for the upcoming seven-show season include Stephen Sondheim, Duncan Sheik, Harold Pinter, Anton Chekhov, Brian Friel and Reginald Rose.

Master Harold... and the boys, which is currently running at the Royale Theatre and opens June 1, and the Deaf West Theatre's revival of Big River, which begins July 1, are the only productions that have been confirmed for the new season.

The following shows are currently under consideration — as per the company's website:

 

 

  • Spring Awakening - a new musical featuring the music of pop singer Duncan Sheik with a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Director Michael Mayer (Thoroughly Modern Millie) is attached to the work which is based on Frank Wedekind's drama about the sexual awakening of children and its effects on adults.  

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  • The Cherry Orchard - Anton Chekhov's Russian-set classic about a financially ailing family that will hopes to not sell its beloved cherry orchard. Mark Brokaw (Lobby Hero, Marty) is named to direct.  

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  • Assassins - Roundabout Theatre Company artistic director Todd Haimes said in the past that the still-running revival of Cabaret would play until fall 2003 and close to make way for the John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim musical. Assassins was postponed from its 2001 Broadway opening at the Music Box Theatre following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Douglas Sills, Neil Patrick Harris, Denis O'Hare, Raul Esparza, John Dossett and Mario Cantone were the among the names set to star in the Roundabout revival. Assassins, with director Joe Mantello still on board, is about nine infamous Presidential assassins and would-be assassins. The production would mark its Broadway premiere.  

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  • The Caretaker - Roundabout saw a revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal with Juliette Binoche and Liev Schreiber in their 2000-2001 season. The company now returns to the playwright's canon. Director David Jones is slated to helm the work which explores the relationship between two brothers when a vagabond enters their lives. Two more productions being considered include Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, which centers around an Irish con man, and the classic courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose. Director Scott Ellis — whose currently running The Look of Love concluded this Roundabout season— is attached to the latter work. All shows and artists are subject to change.

    Roundabout Theatre Company subscriptions are currently available by calling (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.