William Finn's Elegies Replaces Jill Sobule Musical at Arlington's Signature Theatre, March 23-May 9

News   William Finn's Elegies Replaces Jill Sobule Musical at Arlington's Signature Theatre, March 23-May 9
Elegies, William Finn's song cycle of odes to those who have passed on, will make its Washington, DC-area premiere in a staging by Signature Theatre, the company announced Feb. 9.

Jill Sobule's The Next Gig, which was to star the pop/folk singer-songwriter, was canceled due to a conflict with another professional commitment she had, a Signature spokesperson said.

Elegies will play the same slot as the Sobule show, March 23-May 9 at the Arlington, VA, theatre.

The same creative team is attached to Elegies: Joe Calarco (who was credited to write the book of The Next Gig) will direct, James Kronzer will design and Michael Clark will design projections. Sherri Edelen, who was to be in The Next Gig, will appear in Elegies.

For information about Signature's season, visit www.signature-theatre.org.

* Elegies won a clutch of admiring reviews at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 2003. Fynsworth Alley released a cast album in 2003.

The Off-Broadway cast included Christian Borle, Betty Buckley, Carolee Carmello, Michael Rupert and Keith Byron Kirk.

Elegies played a brief encore run at LCT April 14 19, 2003, following Sunday and Monday performances March 2-30. The show was presented on the set of Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme during that show's dark nights.

Graciela Daniele directed, with musical direction by Vadim Feichtner and vocal arrangements by Gihieh Lee.

Among the quirky titles are "Mister Choi & Madame G," "Mark's All Male Thanksgiving," "Joe Papp," "The Ballad of Jack Eric Williams (and other 3-named composers)" and "My Dogs." Many took as their subject people Finn had personally known but who had since passed away. Despite the heavy subject matter, many critics described the evening as buoyant and uplifting.

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