13's Dan Elish at Work on New Musical with Douglas J. Cohen; New Novel, Too

News   13's Dan Elish at Work on New Musical with Douglas J. Cohen; New Novel, Too
Dan Elish, who co-wrote the book to the Jason Robert Brown musical 13 with Robert Horn, is at work on another new musical.

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Entitled Nine Wives, the musical is based on Elish's 2005 novel of the same name and features a book and lyrics by Elish and music and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen, author of No Way to Treat a Lady and The Gig.

"Last month we had a very successful reading of the first act up at Emerson College starring the talents of the senior musical theatre majors," Elish told Playbill.com. A workshop or reading of Nine Wives is being considered for this summer.

The musical, according to the librettist, tells the "comic tale of Henry Mann, a 30-something single New Yorker as he searches for his soulmate. As the show opens, Henry has just returned from crashing his ex-fiancee's wedding, where he has drunkenly proposed to the maid of honor, the mother of the bride, and the (female) rabbi. The plot thickens from there."

Elish has also completed a children's novel, "The School for the Insanely Gifted," which will be released June 22 by Harper Collins and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

"The book tells the tale of Daphna Whispers, a musical genius, Harkin Thunkenreiser, a mad inventor, and Cynthia Trustwell, the brilliant 11 year old actress of seven Broadway musicals, most recently The Dancing Doberman," according to its author. "All three attend The Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted located in New York City, founded by internet genius Ignatious Peabody Blatt."

The book is being promoted with its own showtune. Penned by Elish and performed by Peter Benson and Lance Rubin, a video of the song is now available by clicking here.

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