Maik Klokow and European theatrical production company Mehr! Entertainment will present a private lab production of The Blue Angel, a new musical based on the Heinrich Mann novel and the 1930 German film classic, Oct. 18 in New York City.
This new musical adaptation, directed by B.T. McNicholl (Billy Elliot) with a book by McNicholl and Jeffrey Sweet, will star Lesli Margherita (Matilda) as the vixen Lola, Jonathan Hadary (Spamalot) as Professor Immanuel Rath and Billy Harrigan Tighe (Pippin) as the student Lohmann.
Musical direction is by Nadia DiGiallonardo (Hair, Pippin), and choreography is by Joshua Bergasse ("Smash").
The Blue Angel will include some of Friedrich Hollaender's standards, such as "Naughty Lola" and "Falling in Love Again," paired with the music of contemporary pop-rock artists.
Here's how it's billed: "'The Blue Angel' is best known as the 1930 film classic by Josef von Sternberg which launched the legendary career of Marlene Dietrich. The original story, written by Heinrich Mann in 1905, follows the predicament of Professor Rath, the strict disciplinarian of a boys prep school whose life is unraveled when he encounters the seductive and sensuous Lola, the star of the cabaret 'The Blue Angel.' Beautiful and calculating, the singer unleashes passions which unmask small-town hypocrisy and lead to a deadly battle between her suitors."