Stuart Ross and Gabriel Barre Preparing Gondoliers for Roundabout in 2004

News   Stuart Ross and Gabriel Barre Preparing Gondoliers for Roundabout in 2004 Lyricist-librettist Stuart Ross and director Gabriel Barre are working on a new adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers for the Roundabout Theatre Company, Ross told Playbill On-Line Jan. 24.

The new look at one of the classic operetta writers' lesser-known works received a workshop last July, with Neil Patrick Harris in the cast. Ross said "the new stuff really landed." Discussing the piece, he observed, "It's not one of [Gilbert and Sullivan's] most well-known shows. Everyone admits that the lyrics were not one of their finest hours, but the music was." He said that the action has been updated to Italy in 1962 and had a "Louis Prima" feel, but that that may all change in the future.

Another workshop is scheduled for the future and, according to Ross, the show will go into rehearsal in January 2004 for an opening at Studio 54.

Last August, Roundabout head Todd Haimes told Variety that Cabaret will play one more year at Studio 54 and then close to make way for Assassins. The Sondheim revival will open in fall 2003, with Joe Mantello directing.

Interestingly, Harris has long been connected to Assassins and is currently acting in Cabaret as the Emcee, suggesting that the actor may want to rent an apartment close to Studio 54.

The Gondoliers was written in 1889 and was one of Gilbert and Sullivan's last efforts. Preceding it were such immortal works as The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, and The Pirates of Penzance.