Woman of Will Musical Aiming for Fall Off-Broadway Debut; McBroom to Star

News   Woman of Will Musical Aiming for Fall Off-Broadway Debut; McBroom to Star Singer-songwriter Amanda McBroom, best known for penning the award-winning song "The Rose," will star in the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical A Woman of Will.

A spokesperson for the production confirmed to Playbill.com that the musical — with book and lyrics by McBroom and Joel Silberman and music by Silberman — will likely open Off-Broadway this fall. McBroom will star in the lead role of Kate at a theatre to be announced; Silberman will direct. A Woman of Will concerns a woman who turns to Shakespeare's characters for advice during a midlife crisis. Among the characters who offer their wisdom are Katherine the Shrew, Ariel the Fairy, Gertrude the Queen and the infamous Lady Macbeth. Song titles include "The Hard to Be a Fairy Blues" and "Suddenly Love."

Originally titled Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues, the production had its world premiere production in June 2004 at California's Rubicon Theatre.

Singer-songwriter Amanda McBroom composed the award-winning song "The Rose." A consummate cabaret performer, she has released six solo CDs as well as the cast album of her musical, Heartbeats. She also starred in the title role of Mame at L.A.'s Cabrillo Music Theatre. Composer Joel Silberman is also a pianist, singer, arranger, conductor, producer, director and educator.

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