By Kenneth Jones
20 Jul 2010
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Previews will begin Sept. 9 toward an Oct. 3 opening. The creative team for the musical — about a seven-year-old girl whose freckles mark her as different — includes composer-lyricist Gary Kupper, librettists Kupper and Rose Caiola, director Buddy Crutchfield and choreographer Gail Pennington Crutchfield. The show was conceived for the stage by Rose Caiola. (The book series is by Moore and illustrator LeUyen Pham.)
"Writing a children's book was always a dream," Moore said in a statement. "Seeing the story come to life on stage in a musical is more than I ever imagined." The book is based on her experiences as a freckle-faced kid. Casting for the 90-minute show will be announced. Adult actors play kids in the show.
Here's how the show is billed: "Freckleface Strawberry the Musical chronicles the life of seven-year-old Strawberry being teased by her schoolmates for having bright red hair and freckles. She feels different from everyone else and does anything to get rid of them — from scrubbing them with soap and even wearing a ski mask to school. Strawberry goes on a journey and discovers that all people are different. She ultimately learns to accept herself for all of who she is, freckles and all."
The creative team also includes set designer Beowulf Boritt; costume designers Fabio Toblini and Holly Cain; lighting designer Jason Kantrowitz and sound designers Peter Fitzgerald & Chris Cronin.
Freckleface Strawberry will play New World Stages/Stage 4 at 340 W. 50th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Ticket prices range $39-$68.50. Tickets will be available starting July 23.
For tickets, visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200 or visit the New World Stages box office. For more information, visit www.frecklefacethemusical.com.