The New Musical Revue and The Big Time Seem Unlikely for Drama Dept.

News   The New Musical Revue and The Big Time Seem Unlikely for Drama Dept. Last season it was announced that the Drama Dept. would present three productions during its new season, Mondo Drama, The New Musical Revue and The Big Time.

Only Douglas Carter Beane's Mondo Drama — starring Caroline Rhea — ever made it to the stage. And, it appears that neither The New Musical Revue — featuring songs and sketches from several Drama Dept. writers and composers — or Douglas J. Cohen and Douglas Carter Beane's musical The Big Time will be produced. Drama Dept. Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, when asked about the theatre company's plans for any long-running productions, simply stated that "nothing [is planned] at this time."

The company, however, will present a one-night-only reading of John Van Druten's comedy Bell, Book and Candle on March 14. Directed by Carl Andress the free reading for Drama Dept. subscribers will be held at Off- Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre. Charles Busch and Howard McGillin will star. And, on March 30 the company will hold a benefit dinner at the Algonquin Hotel, which will salute the works of Dorothy Parker.

Conceived in 1994 in a “cheap rental car,” the Drama Dept. has since presented such acclaimed productions as June Moon, As Bees in Honey Drown, As Thousands Cheer, The Book of Liz and Rude Entertainment. For more information about the company, visit www.dramadept.org.