World Premiere of 1950's-Set Jazz Musical, For the Last Time, Begins Tonight

News   World Premiere of 1950's-Set Jazz Musical, For the Last Time, Begins Tonight
 
Theater Row's Clurman Theater Off-Broadway presents the world premiere of Nancy Harrow's jazz musical For the Last Time, set in 1950's New Orleans and inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Marble Faun," beginning May 19.

For the Last Time features a book by Will Pomerantz and Harrow, and follows the story of four young artists who set out to create a paradise of music and art. The past forces its way into their lives, resulting in an act of passion that upsets the balance. Pomerantz also directs with arrangements/orchestrations by Dennis Mackrel and music direction by Cody Owen Stine.

Opening night is scheduled for May 28.

Harrow has recorded 16 albums with such noted jazz musicians as John Lewis, Roland Hanna, Clark Terry and Phil Woods, among others. Her jazz CD "The Marble Faun" was similarly inspired by Hawthorne's writing and the basis for the new musical. This is her fourth collaboration with director and co-writer Pomerantz.

The cast features Brittany Campbell, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Kim Exum, Britton Smith, Anita Welch, Reggie D. White and Jason Veasey. The jazz ensemble features associate musical director Alphonso Horne, Owen Broder, Carrie Dowell, Robert Edwards, Nathan Ellman-Bell, Eleanor Norton and Eric Wheeler.

The production features scenic design by John McDermott, costumes by Whitney Locher, lighting design by Jimmy Lawlor, sound design by Kevin Heard, props by Judy Merrick, fight choreography by Cristina Knutson and stage management by Angie Hesterman. Production manager is Corey Pearlstein, and casting is by Michael Cassara. Theater Row’s Clurman Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd St. Tickets are $39-79 and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

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