5th Avenue Theatre Will Premiere New Musical Secondhand Lions; Season Announced
04 Mar 2013
Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre has announced dates of production for the world-premiere musical Secondhand Lions, based on the 2003 film of the same title, which will be presented as part of the company's 2013-14 season.
Earlier reports indicated that Secondhand Lions, which has a book by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Curtains) and a score by First Date songwriters Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary, would premiere at the 5th Avenue in August.
"This world premiere musical," according to the 5th Avenue, "harkens back to a simpler time, when a boy’s imagination was all that was needed to turn a summer on a Texas farm into the adventure of a lifetime. The tall tales that his two irascible uncles tell him – stories of heroism, hidden treasures, and beguiling princesses – take our young hero to the sands of Arabia and beyond."
The national tour of the Tony Award-winning revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes, staged by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, will run Oct. 15-Nov. 3. Also planned is a resident production of Lionel Bart's Oliver!, which will be staged Nov. 29-Dec. 31.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.