Transamerica Will Produce Jazz Musical by Coleman, Gelbart and the Bergmans; Expect a Title Change

News   Transamerica Will Produce Jazz Musical by Coleman, Gelbart and the Bergmans; Expect a Title Change Cy Coleman's unique new musical about the jazz world, previously seen under the title Like Jazz in Los Angeles, will have a name change when it plays Broadway in fall 2005, Variety reported.
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The trade reported Nov. 24 that Transamerica (as had been previously mentioned) will produce the Broadway bow of the show by the late composer Coleman (who died Nov. 18), book writer Larry Gelbart and lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman. Of the title, Gelbart told the paper, "We are changing it. We never meant to come across that we were going to explain jazz or its history."

Like Jazz played Mark Taper Forum in 2003.

Although Coleman was not averse to out-of-town tryouts, the surviving creators said there would be no other engagements before Broadway, and no other composer would be tapped for additional material.

"The score is complete," Gelbart told Variety.

Transamerica helped produce the earlier Taper run. A director and design team has not been named. Gordon Davidson, who helmed the show at the Taper, will not stage the new production. The piece has been reimagined since L.A.

No theatre or dates have been mentioned for the Broadway future of the show, though fall 2004 has been indicated.

Transamerica is one of the producers of Broadway's Brooklyn.