A season announcement reveals that the new musical will begin previews at the Connelly Theatre March 28, 2008, with an official opening April 6. Drama Desk nominee Jack Cummings III, artistic director of the company that gave us intriguing productions of The Audience, Our Town, First Lady Suite and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, will direct the show.
Marcy in the Galaxy features music and lyrics by Nancy Shayne and a book by Michael Patrick King ("Sex and the City") and Shayne. The musical, according to press notes, is "a funny, dark musical glimpse at what happens to a woman whose dream of being a New York artist takes longer to come true than she had planned. At mid-life, Marcy finds herself alone in The Galaxy Diner out of money and almost out of hope. What ensues is a humorous and poignant self-examination that explores dreams, disappointment, family, first love, and delicious diner desserts."
As previously announced, the Transport Group will also present the world premiere of Crossing Brooklyn, a new musical by Jenny Giering (music) and Laura Harrington (book and lyrics). Also directed by Cummings III, Crossing Brooklyn, will begin previews Oct. 19 and open Oct. 28.
The Connelly Theatre is located at 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B.
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According to its mission statement, "Transport Group develops and produces work by American playwrights and composers with the aim of exploring the American conscience in the 20th and 21st centuries.
"Transport Group uses heightened language, music, and imagery to guide the design and delivery of productions.
"In addition, Transport Group provides opportunities for audiences of all ages to connect to the issues surrounding the American experience by offering educational outreach programs that expand an audience's knowledge of and exposure to the American canon of plays and musicals."
In 2006-07, Transport Group won a Special Drama Desk Award for its "breadth of vision and presentation of challenging productions."
Donna Lynne Champlin won an Obie Award for her critically acclaimed performance as Cora Flood in TG's 50th anniversary production of William Inge's The Dark at theTop of the Stairs.
Transport Group received an Obie Award Grant for its continuing excellence in the New York theatre scene.