Slated for an Off-Broadway run this season is Eleanor & Hick, a look at the special relationship shared by Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. Tracing their unusual love story from 1932-1962, the musical also features FDR and FBI honcho, J. Edgar Hoover.
This relationship was also treated, somewhat campily, in Michael John LaChiusa's First Lady Suite, though, in a way, E&H goes even further: Eleanor will be played by Todd Waddington. Elena Bennett will play flyer Lorena.
Audiences will get a 4-performance, sneak preview of the show, June 26 29, at the John Houseman Studio Theatre on West 42nd St. Deborah Block directs the piece, which is presented by David Gersten, along with Eric Krebs and Aboveground Theatre. The show had a workshop staging in Philadelphia at the Walnut Street Theatre space.
If the name Tom Wilson Weinberg rings a bell, maybe you saw his gay musicals, The Ten Percent Revue, Get Used To It! and Songbook, or heard his tunes "All American Boy," "Don't Mess With Mary," and "Gay Name Game," which the late transsexual actor Divine once sang on "Late Nite With David Letterman." Or you might remember the controversy surrounding his tune, "Lesbian Seagull," which was recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck(!) and then used for the soundtrack of "Beavis & Butt-Head Do America." (Much to Humperdinck's consternation, the B&B track added gunshots to the lilting ballad.)
For tickets ($20) and information on Eleanor & Hick, call (212) 575 5150. --By David Lefkowitz