Mormons Will Meet Ethel Merman in The Book of Merman, Opening in 2015
11 Jul 2014
Pride Films and Plays will present the world premiere of The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy by Jeff Award-winning author Leo Schwartz, beginning Jan. 17, 2015, at Mary’s Attic in Chicago.
Directed by David Zak with musical direction by Robert Ollis, the production will feature Libby Lane as Ethel Merman.
"When two Mormons ring a doorbell marked E.M. in a small town," press notes state, "they have no idea that a certain Ethel will open the door. With some dazzling parody music and Schwartz's original songs, you will laugh throughout The Book of Merman and leave smiling, as it takes you to places you did not know you wanted to go."
Opening night is scheduled for Jan. 17. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 5 PM through Feb. 15.
Tickets are $15 for previews and $25 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To purchase online visit www.brownpapertickets.com or call (800) 838-3006.
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.