Premiere of Amandine Musical, With Gideon Glick, Tonya Pinkins, Alexandra Silber, Our Lady J, Postponed Off-Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
The New York world premiere of the Winter Miller-Lance Horne musical Amandine, starring Gideon Glick as 19th-century intersex individual Herculine Barbin, has been postponed.
Representatives did not provide a reason for the production's postponement. Amandine was scheduled to play a Jan. 9-Jan. 26, 2013, engagement at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Future dates of production have not been determined.
Conceived by In Darfur playwright Miller (book and lyrics) and Drama Desk Award-winning director Josh Hecht (Christine Jorgensen Reveals, Wearing Lorca's Bowtie, Out of Iceland), Amandine has music and lyrics by Emmy Award winner Horne ("First Things Last").
In addition to Glick (Spring Awakening, Into the Woods), the cast was scheduled to include Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change; Jelly's Last Jam), Nathan Lee Graham (Wig Out!), Natalie Joy Johnson (Legally Blonde) and Alexandra Silber (Master Class, Hello Again). Our Lady J was also to be part of the production in addition to serving as music director.
Amandine, according to the authors, "tells the story of a person caught profoundly 'in between.' Born intersex and raised as a girl in the most traditional and cloistered of settings, Amandine is too smart, too ambitious, too awkward—and too unlike the other girls. Driven by shame and fear of her unruly body, she retreats into a life of the mind, teaching in a highly religious girls' academy. Amandine falls in love, but soon her body betrays her, leading to a shocking discovery with devastating consequences. Her final years are spent wandering Paris in a new role: that of a man. Yet, Amandine's struggle is ours: to be accepted for who we are, as we are."
The creative team included set designer Andromache Chalfant, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau and sound designer Robert Kaplowitz.
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