By Ernio Hernandez
03 Aug 2006
The 36th season for Best of Broadway will be as follows:
The romantic new musical by composer Adam Guettel and bookwriter Craig Lucas based on Elizabeth Spencer's novella about a woman on vacation in the Tuscan countryside with her daughter who falls in love with a handsome local. Bartlett Sher directs the multi-Tony Award winner.
Recording artist Huey Lewis stars in the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical tale of two murderesses and the lawyer who turns them into media celebrities. The musical which still runs on Broadway spawned the Academy Award winning film.
Cherry Jones reprises her Tony Award-winning turn as a nun principal at a Catholic school in 1964 who has suspicions about a priest. The Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play by John Patrick Shanley ("Moonstruck") is staged again by Tony Award winning director Doug Hughes.
Director-choreographer Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake, The Car Man) offers his new take on the Tim Burton fairy tale movie about a boy who is left unfinished by his creator. Music and arrangements are by Terry Davies based on Danny Elfman's original themes.
From blue-collar beginnings to gold-record status, the story of American pop group The Four Seasons currently comes to life. Des McAnuff (The Who's Tommy) directs the musical by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe
Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, La Cage aux Folles) makes his debut as director choreographer with this musical take on the Amanda Brown novel and 2001 MGM film about a sorority girl who tries her hand at law school. Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe provide the score to Heather Hach's book.
Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin reprise their Tony Award-nominated turn as the forever feuding George and Martha who are joined by another couple for some late night cocktails. Anthony Page directs his new staging of the work.
Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker provide the score with book by Kevin Del Aguila to this behind-the-music tale of the ups and down of a God-worshipping boy band (with one Jewish member). Stafford Arima directs.
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