Previews for the new musical — penned by Amanda McBroom (lyrics) and Joel Silberman (music) — are set to begin at the Off-Broadway venue Sept. 15 with an official opening scheduled for Oct. 2. McBroom will star in the production, which will be directed by Silberman.
A Woman of Will, according to production notes, "is the musical adventure of a writer in crisis — both personal and professional. Hired to finish the lyrics of a Broadway-bound musical version of The Merchant of Venice, Kate faces the demands of an unrelenting deadline in addition to important decisions about her marriage and future. In desperation, she reaches out to Shakespeare’s leading ladies for guidance. What follows is a celebration of life in a crackling display of wit and wisdom, bursting forth from 17 original songs."
The creative team comprises Trefoni Michael Rizzi (scenic, projection and lighting design), Tobin Ost (costume design), Lewis Mead (sound design) and Larry Hochman (orchestrations). The production will play Tuesday-Friday evenings at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 and 7 PM.
Originally titled Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues, the musical 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. The Daryl Roth Theatre is located in Manhattan at 101 East 15th Street, at Union Square. Tickets, priced at $65, will be available by calling (212) 239 6200 beginning Aug. 9. Visit www.awomanofwill.com for more information.