Marc Bruni will direct the production with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Kelli Barclay. The Encores! presentation marks the first time the musical will be seen on the New York stage since the original production closed in June 1956.
"Outcasts yearning for a better life populate the bordellos and flophouses of a 1950s California seaside town in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream, based on John Steinbeck's novel 'Sweet Thursday,'" according to press notes. "The show features many of Steinbeck’s Cannery Row characters, and tells the story of the romance between Doc, a marine biologist, and Suzy (Laura Osnes), a young woman who hitch hikes into town looking for a better life."
Pipe Dream opened at the Shubert Theatre on Nov. 30, 1955, and ran for 246 performances. It was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The upcoming production will include the first hearing of the newly restored Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations. Song titles include “All at Once You Love Her,” “The Next Time It Happens” and the wistful ballad “Everybody’s Got a Home but Me.”