The Fig Leaves, With Natalie Venetia Belcon, Jonathan Rayson, Matt Walton, Morgan Weed, Begin Falling Jan. 10
By Michael Gioia
Natalie Venetia Belcon, Jonathan Rayson, Matt Walton and Morgan Weed star in UnsungMusicalsCo.'s production of The Fig Leaves Are Falling. Performances begin Jan. 10, prior to an official opening Jan. 13, at the Connelly Theatre.
Revised and directed by UnsungMusicalsCo. artistic director Ben West (At Home Abroad), the work features a book and lyrics by Allan Sherman and music by Albert Hague. Performances continue through Jan. 26.
Joining Belcon (Avenue Q), Rayson (Legally Blonde), Walton ("One Life to Live") and Weed (Rent, Next to Normal) are Karen Hyland (Ghost The Musical), Nathan Keen (West Side Story), Antuan Raimone (In The Heights) and Morgan Rose (Shrek The Musical).
The Fig Leaves Are Falling, according to UnsongMusicalsCo., "is a swinging '60s satire of suburban life, love and infidelity. Variety show meets vaudeville in this lively entertainment following Harry Stone, his devoted wife and the sizzling secretary who turns their marriage upside down! This newly revised production refocuses the original story by employing a smaller cast of eight actors, three new musical numbers and previously discarded dialogue and lyrics. UMC held an exploratory reading of this new version of the musical in July 2011."
Other members of the creative team include choreographer Richard J. Hinds (Newsies associate director), musical director Benet Braun, lighting designer Joe Hodge and costume designer Janine Marie McCabe. Musical supervision and arrangements are by Andrew Graham.
UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to "the preservation of musical theater through the restoration and presentation of obscure but artistically sound works. Focusing primarily on overlooked projects from the Golden Age, UMC treats each property as a new musical thereby providing a unique collaboration between the artists of today and those of the past."
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