By Adam Hetrick
23 Dec 2009
Dan Knechtges (Xanadu) will direct and choreograph the Dallas Theater Center premiere that is set to run Jan. 15-Feb. 14, 2010, at the new Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu, As Bees in Honey Drown) penned the book for the musical that has a pop score by Lewis Flinn.
Murin (Xanadu) leads the cast as Lysistrata Jones, alongside Rannells (Jersey Boys, Hairspray) and Holbrook (Xanadu, West Side Story), in a company that will also feature Katie Boren (Spelling Bee), Xavier Cano (Grease), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Legally Blonde), Noemi Del Rio (In the Heights), Carla Duren (110 in the Shade), Justin Keyes (The Apple Tree), Telly Leung (Rent), Preston Sadleir and Liz Mikel ("Friday Night Lights") as Hetairai.
The updated take on Lysistrata brings "the classic tale of the battle of the sexes to a contemporary American college (Athens University) where Lysistrata Jones is the head cheerleader at a school where the basketball team is content to lose every game. Determined to inspire them to become winners and care for something more than themselves, the ladies decide to hold out on 'giving it up' until their team breaks the 30-year losing curse by winning a game."
Give It Up! will have set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Tony Meola, musical supervision by Christopher Jahnke and music direction by Elaine Davidson.
For tickets phone (214) 522-8499 or visit DallasTheaterCenter.