Astoria Performing Arts Center Will Revive Allegro in 2014
By Adam Hetrick
Rodgers and Hammerstein's rarely-seen musical Allegro, as well as the world-premiere play The Cottage, will be staged as part of the Astoria Performing Arts Center's upcoming season.
The IT Award-winning company will launch its season the premiere of Sandy Rustin's The Cottage, a farce inspired by Noel Coward, which will begin Nov. 7 under the direction of Adam Dannheisser.
Here's how it's billed: "Set in the English countryside in 1923, this tale of sex, betrayal and, oh yes, love, unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her love affair to her husband and her lover's wife. The true meanings of fate, identity and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous—and potentially murderous—romantic comedy."
In May 2014, APAC artistic director Tom Wojtunik will stage Allegro, featuring music by Rodgers, and book and lyrics by Hammerstein II. Christine O'Grady will choreograph with musical direction by Julianne B. Merrill.
According to APAC, "This ensemble musical chronicles nearly four decades in the life of an Everyman, Joseph Taylor, Jr., from cradle through a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about... The unique structural format allows the saga to whisk us from Joe's birth through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his career; from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life, in a series of vignettes and musical sequences dazzling in their simplicity and stunning in their impact. Ahead of its time theatrically, Allegro remains timeless in its appeal."
The Astoria Performing Arts Center has staged acclaimed productions of Blood Brothers, Ragtime, Children of Eden, The Secret Garden and Is There Life After High School? in 13 seasons of programming. APAC was also the recipient of the 2012 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award.
For further information visit APACNY.org.
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