They Might Be Musical Giants: Vineyard Sets New Musicals People Are Wrong! and Miracle Brothers

News   They Might Be Musical Giants: Vineyard Sets New Musicals People Are Wrong! and Miracle Brothers Vineyard Theatre — whose co-staging of Avenue Q is up for a Tony Award for Best Musical — test their hand at musicals again as they present the rock musical People Are Wrong! starring They Might Be Giants singer John Flansburgh, and the world premiere of Kirsten Childs' Miracle Brothers next season.

The two musical stagings join the Gina Gionfriddo play After Ashley, as previously reported by Playbill On-Line. Dates and more details are yet to be announced.

Kicking off the new season will be People Are Wrong!, a co-production with Target Margin Theater, starring They Might Be Giants frontman, rocker John Flansburgh, with musicians of The Loser's Lounge. The rock musical, which marks the debut work of Julia Greenberg and Robin Goldwasser, centers on a young New York City couple who employ a landscape artist who turns out to be the leader of a cult.

David Herskovits directs the "wild ride that encompasses wedding planning, alien visitation, flashbacks to rock festivals, and journeys to the sixth dimension" as a release states. The work was developed in concert versions at Joe's Pub and P.S. 122.

Vineyard 's first Kitty Carlisle Hart Musical Theatre Lab commission comes to fruition as the world premiere of Miracle Brothers is set to hit the stage in 2005. The work by Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin) is set in 17th-century Brazil, where two brothers — one black, one white — escape their plantation life and head out on a string of adventures.

A hit at this year's Humana Festival, Gina Gionfriddo's new black comedy, After Ashley, will see the Off-Broadway stage at The Vineyard in the coming year. The play is about a teenage boy and his relationship with his mother, before and after her death, and his differing connection with his father. Vineyard Theatre's current season will conclude with the American premiere of Where Do We Live, written and directed by Christopher Shinn. The season also saw Paula Vogel's The Long Christmas Ride Home and the world premiere of Nicky Silver's Beautiful Child. The downtown Manhattan company have also presented Avenue Q, Pulitzer Prize winners Three Tall Women, by Edward Albee and How I Learned To Drive by Vogel.

For more information about the Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15th Street, call the box office at (212) 353-0303 or visit them online at www.vineyardtheatre.org.