Songs by LaChiusa, Crawley and Giering Featured in Requiem for William

News   Songs by LaChiusa, Crawley and Giering Featured in Requiem for William Seven short plays by William Inge comprise the Transport Group's Requiem for William, a new theatrical piece that features a cast of 26 — ages 8 to 80 — and songs from 10 composers and lyricists.

Conceived and directed by Jack Cummings III, Requiem for William begins performances at the Connelly Theatre Feb. 2, with an official opening scheduled for Feb. 8. Exploring themes of loneliness, fame and longing, each of the seven plays — To Boblink, For Her Spirit; The Rainy Afternoon; The Tiny Closet; Memory of Summer; The Boy in the Basement; The Strains of Triumph; and A Social Event — is followed by an original song by such composers/lyricists as Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Leslie Becker, Beth Blatt, Brian Crawley, Ed Dixon, Jenny Giering, Jeff Hardy, Tom Kochan, Michael John LaChiusa, Cheryl Stern and Ellen Weiss. Toni DiBuono, who recently starred in the Roundabout's production of The Boys from Syracuse, and famed singer/actress Marni Nixon are featured in a cast that also includes Dean Alai, Madeleine Jane DoPico, Corrine Edgerly, Taina Elg, Lovette George, Robyn Hussa, Samantha Jumper, Joe Kolinski, Mark Ledbetter, Tom Ligon, Michael Mags, Barbara Marineau, Richard Martin, Sean MacLaughlin, Monica Russell, Katie Scharf, Cheryl Stern, Diane Sutherland, Jonathan Uffelman, James Weber, John Wellman and Matt Yeager. The creative team features Mary-Mitchell Campbell (musical director), Audrey Terry (orchestrator), R. Lee Kennedy (lights), Kathryn Rohe (costumes), Seth Guterman (sound) and John Story (sets).

Tickets for Requiem for William, which runs through March 2, are priced at $15 and are available by calling SmartTix at (212) 206-1515 or by going on-line to www.smarttix.com. The Connelly Theatre is located in New York City at 220 East 4th Street. Performance schedule is Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM; a performance on Monday, Feb. 3 will benefit the Actors Fund of America.

Now in its second year, the Transport Group is a not-for-profit theatre company emphasizing the American canon.