A Brief History Of White Music, the first show to play the new Village Gate (currently called "Village Gate 52nd"), will end its lengthy run Oct. 7. The show opened Nov. 19.
Sources say the midtown venue will close down after the finale of White Music and revert to the owners, ending the ballyhooed resurrection of the landmark music club.
A Brief History Of White Music is conceived by Denise Thomas and David Tweedy, and directed and choreographed by Ken Roberson. Nat Adderly, Jr. serves as musical director.
Not quite the typical Broadway babies, Thomas and Tweedy come from an ironically white-collar background: Thomas is an attorney; Tweedy is a manager in public transit.
According to a release, Brief History takes this view: "For years, white performers -- from Elvis to Michael Bolton -- have had hit recordings, interpreting the music of black artists. Now the tables are turned. Songs of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Connie Francis, and Sonny And Cher are given a new interpretation by an African-American cast." Felix E. Cochren designed the musical's set, Alan Keen the lighting, Debra Stein the costumes, Stan Wallace the sound. Producing the musical with Village Gate founder Art D'Lugoff are Gene Wolsk, RAD Productions Inc., and Jon Platt. For more information on the brief rebirth of the Village Gate, please see the Oct. 1996 Playbill On-Line story, "D'Lugoff to Open New 'Village Gate' on NY's 52nd Street."
For tickets and information on A Brief History Of White Music, call (212) 307-5252.
-- By David Lefkowitz