Walter Bobbie Will Stage John Kander-Greg Pierce Musical The Landing, With Julia Murney and David Hyde Pierce

By Kenneth Jones
12 Apr 2012

Julia Murney
Julia Murney

The Vineyard Theatre's Developmental Lab of The Landing, the new triptych musical by composer John Kander, with book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, will be directed by Walter Bobbie. Julia Murney, David Hyde Pierce and Paul Anthony Stewart will star in the May 15-June 3 test of the material Off-Broadway.

The work by Tony Award winner Kander (Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman) and playwright/fiction writer Pierce (Slowgirl) "is a beautiful and haunting musical, comprised of three distinct and gripping stories," according to a Vineyard, which informed its subscribers of the show's casting and creative team via mail on April 12.

This is Kander's first full new theatre collaboration with another writer since the passing of his long-time collaborator Fred Ebb in 2004. Read more about the Broadway musicals of John Kander in the Playbill Vault.  Hyde Pierce (who is Greg Pierce's uncle) won a Tony for starring in Kander and Ebb's Curtains. He also starred in Broadway's Spamalot, La Bete, Accent on Youth and more. His most recent Off-Broadway gig was the new play Close Up Space for Manhattan Theatre Club.

Murney's credits include Broadway's Wicked and Off-Broadway's The Wild Party.



Stewart appeared in Broadway's The People in the Picture and the most recent Fiddler on the Roof.

Vineyard's Lab program is "designed to give artists and Vineyard members the chance to experience the birth of a new work together." Critics are not invited to these small-scale public presentations, which seek to provide "a safe space for a creative team to launch a new work-in-progress."

The performances will be Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 3 PM and 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM.

Kander's relationship with The Vineyard dates back to 1987 with the theatre's revival of the Kander and Ebb musical Flora The Red Menace. Most recently, Vineyard Theatre presented the world premiere of Kander and Ebb's musical The Scottsboro Boys, with book by David Thompson, in March 2010. It moved to Broadway and earned 12 Tony Award nominations.

Greg Pierce is a playwright and fiction writer. His stage adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (co-written with director Stephen Earnhart) premiered at The Ohio Theatre in New York City, and was performed at the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival. His plays include Slowgirl, Kickstop, Odyssey Room, Smack the Wagon and The Suburbanoids.

Bobbie won the Best Direction Tony Award for the hit revival of Chicago in 1997. He also directed Broadway's Venus in Fur (also Off-Broadway), Irving Berlin's White Christmas, High Fidelity, Sweet Charity and Footloose.

The Vineyard, an Off-Broadway resident not-for-profit theatre, presents at 108 E. 15 Street.

For more information about The Vineyard, visit vineyardtheatre.org.