Dallas Theater Center Will Stage Les MisÚrables and New York-Bound Musical Premiere The Fortress of Solitude
By Adam Hetrick
A new musical based on the Jonathan Lethem novel The Fortress of Solitude, penned by songwriter Michael Friedman and playwright Itamar Moses, will premiere as part of the Dallas Theater Center's 2013-14 season, prior to an Off-Broadway run at the Public Theater.
The Fortress of Solitude marks the second collaboration between DTW and the Public Theater. The two companies aligned to produce the Michael John LaChiusa-Sybille Pearson musical Giant last season.
Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin (4000 Miles, Back Back Back), Fortress of Solitude has a score by Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and a book by Moses (Yellowjackets, Back Back Back). It will premiere in Dallas March 7–April 6, 2014. It will later play the Public Theater during the 2014-15 season.
The musical, according to the creators, "is a story of how racial differences impact two boys, Dylan and Mingus, growing up in 1970s America. It is the story of impossibly joyful afternoons of games in the street and of living in a society in which you don’t belong. It is the story of prison and of college; of Brooklyn and Berkeley; of soul and rap; of murder and redemption. And, it is the story of what would happen if two teenage boys obsessed with comic book heroes actually... maybe... had superpowers."
The DTC season will also include Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun (Sept. 13-Oct. 27); followed by the play it inspired, Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park (Oct. 4-27); Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Nov. 21-Dec. 24); Luis Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey (Jan. 6-March 12, 2014); and Steven Dietz's Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (April 25-May 25, 2014).
Also planned is a new resident staging of the international musical hit Les Misérables, featuring a book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.
For tickets, phone (214) 880-0202 or visit DallasTheaterCenter. The Dallas Theater Center is located at 2400 Flora Street, Dallas, TX.
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