GrooveLily Musical Ernest Shackleton Loves Me Begins Seattle Lab Production Feb. 2

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02 Feb 2014

Joe DiPietro
Joe DiPietro
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, the new musical by GrooveLily band members Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn and Tony Award-winning book writer Joe DiPietro, begins a Seattle lab production Feb. 2 at A Contemporary Theatre.

Featuring music and lyrics by Vigoda and Milburn (Toy Story: The Musical; Sleeping Beauty Wakes; Striking 12) and a book by DiPietro (Memphis, Nice Work If You Can Get It), the 90-minute musical tests its legs in a lab presentation through Feb. 4 at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre, prior to a full engagement at the Seattle Repertory Theatre beginning April 18.

The Seattle premiere is produced in a partnership with the Balagan Theatre, ACT and Seattle Rep.

Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson directs Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, which will run through May 4 at Seattle Rep. It is billed as Off-Broadway-bound; however, an official announcement of a New York run has not been made.

Vigoda and Wade McCollum (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jersey Boys) co-star in the musical. Musical direction is by Ryan O'Connell.



Here's how it's billed: "Kat (Vigoda) is a present-day, sleep-deprived single mom who has just been fired from her day job as a video game composer when the historic, legendary gentleman-explorer, Ernest Shackleton (McCollum), makes contact with Kat through her video blog. Inspired by her music, Kat and Shackleton embark together on his Antarctic quest, conquering new horizons and creating a cross-time love affair for the ages."

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me will have full production design by Alex Nichols, sound design by Robertson Witmer and costume design by Chelsea Cook.

For tickets to the ACT/Balagan workshop, visit acttheatre.org. Tickets to the full spring production at Seattle Rep are available by phoning (206) 443-2222 or by visiting seattlerep.org.