By Michael Gioia
14 Mar 2013
Concluding March 17
Detroit '67 (Off-Broadway at The Public Theater). Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67, a new drama set against the riots that ravaged the Motor City, featuring de'Adre Aziza and Brandon Dirden, is part of The Public Theater's Public Lab series. Here's how it's billed: "It's 1967 in Detroit and Motown music gets the party started. Chelle and her brother Lank transform their basement into an after-hours joint to make ends meet. But when a mysterious woman winds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and the flames of the '67 Detroit riots engulf them all." Visit PublicTheater.org.
Happy Hunting (Off-Broadway at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's). Happy Hunting — part of The York Theatre Company's Winter 2013 Musicals in Mufti Series — is presented March 15-17. Directed by David Glenn Armstrong with music direction by David Andrews Rogers, the cast features Klea Blackhurst, Janine DiVita, Joy Franz, Jessica Grové, Seán Martin Hingston, Michael McCormick, Heather Parcells, Andrew Samonsky, Eric Sciotto, Michael Sharon and Lynne Wintersteller. Happy Hunting has a book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, lyrics by Matt Dubey and music by Harold Karr. The musical was originally a star vehicle written for Ethel Merman. Visit YorkTheatre.com.
Death For Five Voices (Off-Broadway at the West End Theatre). Death For Five Voices, an original musical drama from Prospect Theater Company founding artists Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, features Ryan Bauer-Walsh, Wilson Bridges, Peter Saide, Meghan McGeary, Hannah Jane McMurray, Diane Phelan and Thom Sesma. Here's how it's billed: "Inspired by true events in the life of the brilliant and infamous Renaissance composer and murderer Carlo Gesualdo, Death For Five Voices is a compelling and psychologically complex world premiere work with a score that explores the darker realms of desire and inspiration. Mills and Reichel's prior collaborations include Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, Illyria, The Rockae, The Flood, Honor and The Pursuit of Persephone, among other works." Visit ProspectTheater.org.