Attack Of The Elvis Impersonators. Trotsky In New York. The Men, The Myths, The Music & Me.
Yes, those are actual titles of musicals -- well, burgeoning musicals hoping for their big chance, anyway. All three will be showcased as part of the AMAS Six O'Clock Musical Theatre Lab, "a developmental series for writers, lyricists and composers to mount staged readings of their new musicals."
Now in its fourth year, the Lab features hour-long showcases played for three consecutive evenings in concert stagings. Previous works at the Lab that have gone on to future life include The Witch Of Wall Street, What A Difference She Made (Johnette Walston's solo about Dinah Washington), and Liars, by Michael Colby and Gerald Marcoe, which will be workshopped at AMAS in the spring.
Here's the current Musical Theatre Lab line-up:
* Trotsky In New York brings the socialist thinker Leon Trotsky (last seen with an axe through his head in All In The Timing) to New York City. There he's captivated by a beautiful woman and mesmerised by the big city. Roger Hendricks Simon directs this musical by Ronald Senator (music) and Anthony Burgess (book/lyrics), Nov. 11-13.
AMAS producing director Donna Trinkoff says Trotsky is the only musical the Clockwork Orange author ever wrote. "It was never produced, so they're now starting to develop it again. It was part of a book Burgess wrote called `The End Of The World News.' Within that book is a musical version of the Trotsky story. The director and composer are adapting it and putting it back into development." Attack Of The Elvis Impersonators is a black comedy musical by Lory Lazarus, about a world-famous rock star who mimicks the King. When his legion of fans do the same -- world peace breaks out. Sam Scalamoni directs (Nov. 18-20).
Trinkoff told Playbill On-Line, The Men... has played in Los Angeles, but the other two shows are as yet unstaged.
Founded in 1968 by actress and singer Rosetta LeNoire, AMAS Musical Theatre is " a non profit, multi-racial theatrical organization" bringing people together through the performing arts. AMAS means "you love" in Latin.
For information on, and reservations to, the free Musical Theatre Lab readings call (212) 239-4324. As a special benefit, Nov. 17, dancer/actress Carmen De Lavallade and choreographer Geoffrey Holder will perform at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Off-Broadway as a benefit for AMAS. For tickets ($35) call (212) 947-8844.
-- By David Lefkowitz