The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told , Paul Rudnick's hit retelling of the Judeo-Christian creation story, continues its search for a theatre for a commercial transfer. The show opened at the New York Theatre Workshop on Dec. 14 to largely positive notices and quickly sold out its run through Jan. 10, 1999.
Press rep Don Summa said (Dec. 29) there was still great interest in moving the production. The problem is the same facing many Off-Broadway producers this season: the scarcity of suitable houses. Summa said the producers would most likely want to make the move quickly, within a month of the comedy's closing at New York Theatre Workshop.
In the play, Rudnick ponders what it would be like had God started out by making Adam and Steve, rather than Adam and Eve. Adam and Steve (along with Jane and Mabel) take us on a journey from Mesopotamia to a Kmart on Christmas Eve as they struggle for faith and search for God.
Rudnick's comedy made its debut this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. As he did at Williamstown, frequent Rudnick collaborator Christopher Ashley will direct. Rudnick's comedies include Jeffrey, The Naked Eye, Mr. Charles and I Hate Hamlet, as well as scripts for the films "In & Out" and "Addams Family Values."
The NYTW cast features Obie Award winner Joanna Adler (Benita Canova ), Becky Ann Baker (Titanic), Peter Bartlett, Juan Hernandez, Lisa Kron (101 Humiliating Stories ), Orlando Pabotoy, Amy Sedaris, and Alan Tudyk (Bunny Bunny ). Katherine Meisle recently joined the cast, replacing Jenny Bacon, who broke a bone in her foot during a recent performance, causing the show to delay its opening until Dec. 14. The original opening was to have been Dec. 10 (Fabulous began previews Nov. 14, 1998). Meisle is a veteran of such Broadway productions as The Rehearsal and London Assurance , both at the Roundabout. The set design for Fabulous is by Michael Brown, costumes are by Susan Hilferty, lighting design is by Donald Holder with sound by Darron L. West.
For tickets ($45) or more information call (212) 460-5475. NYTW will continue its CheapTix program, holding a limited number (usually 10-16) of tickets and puttin them on sale two hours before each performance for $10 each.
-- By Robert Simonson