Following the audience response to Louis St. Louis' gospel re-imagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar this past winter, the Alliance has announced that the doo-wop and R&B-tinged Avenue X will fill the same slot on the 2010 bill, running Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 2010.
"Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL taught me the power of the voice in a way that defies explaining," Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth said in a statement. "To dive into a project that is pure voice—no band, just voice in song—is wildly appealing.”
Booth will direct the eight-actor musical, which according to press notes, "examines the deep emotions, combustible tensions and human struggles of two neighborhoods separated by a street in Brooklyn. From an African-American community on one side of the street and an Italian-American neighborhood on the other emerge two young men drawn together through their love for music and a desire to compete in an amateur singing contest. They soon discover a shared dream of escaping the limitations and intense struggles of their two very race conscious communities."
Casting and creative duties will be announced at a later date.
Avenue X features book and lyrics by Jiler and music by Leslee. The production premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 1994 and has lived on in numerous regional engagements. For more information phone (404) 733-5000 or visit AllianceTheatre.