A Brief History Of White Music, the first show to play the new Village Gate (now called "Village Gate 52nd"), was supposed to open Nov. 7 but has pushed back that date to Nov. 19.
The change stems from the replacement of one cast member, Glenn Turner, who was in the Broadway cast of Five Guys Named Moe. Understudy James Alexander (who appeared in Moe at Arkansas Rep) has taken his place. Wendy Edmead (Cats, The Wiz and Deborah Keeling (Mama, I Want To Sing) remain with the show, which takes a soulful look at white pop music. The show, conceived by Denise Thomas and David Tweedy, is directed and choreographed by Ken Roberson, with Nat Adderly, Jr. serving 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 has 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 rebirth of the Village Gate, please see the 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