Blame it on the Bossa Nova"
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"
"Somewhere Out There"
"There You Come Again"
"Make Your Own Kind of Music"
"Only In America."
"Sometimes When We Touch"
"Don't Know Much (But I Know I Love You)"
"We Gotta Get Out Of This Place"
Admit it, whatever generation you're from, you know and probably like at least some of these songs. At least that's the hope of producer Barry Brown, who's putting together a Broadway-bound revue of these and other tunes by composers Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Glenn Casale (the current Peter Pan) will direct, with connecting material scripted by Bruce Vilanch. "It's not strictly a revue," Brown told Playbill On-Line (Mar. 4). "It's a theatre evening devoted to their catalogue, which is vast and substantive. There's some thread to it, though it's not a book musical."
As of July 20, the show remains in the formation stage, and no choreographer (or title) had yet been chosen. "It's eventually Broadway bound," Brown told Playbill On-Line, "but we're not at that stage yet. When it's ready, we'll go from there, certainly with an out-of-town tryout." The composers won't be in the show, which Brown hopes will be of a piece by the end of the year.
The Brown-Mann-Weil nexus won't stop with the revue, however. The producer adds that the composing team are developing a rock 'n' roll musical adaptation of the film Mask, also eyed for Broadway. Anna Hamilton Phelan, who wrote the screenplay for the 1985 Peter Bogdanovich drama, is working on the libretto. Producer Brown told Playbill On-Line (July 29) the first act has been completed and he's hoping "they'll finish the first draft by late fall of this year."
-- By David Lefkowitz