Los Otros, Musical by Michael John LaChiusa and Ellen Fitzhugh, Opens in L.A.; Julio Monge and Michele Pawk Star
By Kenneth Jones
Los Otros, Michael John LaChiusa and Ellen Fitzhugh's chamber musical touching on the experiences of a Southern California woman and a Mexican-American man, opens June 3 in a world-premiere run at Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Previews began May 23. Tony Award winner Michele Pawk and Julio Monge star.
Book and lyrics are by Tony nominee Fitzhugh (Grind); music is by LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine). Los Otros runs to July 1.
Directed by multiple Tony Award nominee Graciela Daniele (Once On This Island, Ragtime), Los Otros, "with its distinctly Californian stories that span several decades," was commissioned by Center Theatre Group. The title is Spanish for "the others."
According to CTG notes, "The first act depicts three defining moments in the life of a Southern California woman, all of them involving chance encounters with Mexican immigrants. The second act introduces us to a Mexican-American man, first as a 12-year-old picking plums in a Central Valley orchard during WWII and finally as a 75-year-old whose mind is failing him. Ultimately, a surprising connection is revealed that accents the myriad gifts and devotions that have shaped these two peoples' lives."
Pawk's Broadway credits include Hollywood Arms, for which she won a Tony Award, Hairspray, Losing Louie, Mamma Mia! and Cabaret (Drama Desk and Outer Critics' Circle nominations).
Monge's Broadway credits include Twelfth Night, directed by Nicholas Hytner, Paul Simon's The Capeman, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Fosse, Man of La Mancha and Victor/Victoria. He also appeared nationally and internationally in Aurelia's Oratorio, directed by Victoria Thierre Chaplin.
Lyricist-librettist Fitzhugh has created lyrics for the musicals Herringbone (winner of Chicago's Jeff Award), Big Blonde, Paper Moon, Muscle with James Lapine and William Finn, Grind (Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations) directed by Harold Prince and Paradise Found directed by Prince and Susan Stroman. She is also working with Michael John LaChiusa to develop the musical Blood and Oatmeal. She received an Emmy nomination for a song from PBS' "Shining Time Station."
Composer LaChiusa wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book for The Wild Party, which received Tony nominations for musical, original musical score and book. He also received Tony nominations for book and score for Marie Christine. From 2011 to 2012, LaChiusa will have premiered three new musicals: Queen of the Mist (book, music and lyrics) produced by the Transport Group in New York; Giant (book by Sybille Pearson), premiering at the Dallas Theater Center and co-produced by the Public Theater; and Los Otros.
LaChiusa's other works include Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Tony nomination for Best Book), Bernarda Alba, See What I Wanna See, The Highest Yellow, Little Fish, Hello Again (Obie Award), First Lady Suite (Obie Award) and Break/Agnes/Eulogy for Mister Hamm. His operas include Send (who are you? I love you) at Houston Grand Opera and Lovers and Friends (Chautauqua Variations) at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He received two Emmy Awards for "The Wonder Pets." Read more about LaChiusa's Broadway career in the Playbill Vault.
Los Otros is supported in part by the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre, with funding from The Ann Palmer Foundation.
Tickets and information are available at CenterTheatreGroup.org, the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772.
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