Blood Brothers and New Galt MacDermot Musical to Play Astoria

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The IT Award-winning Astoria Performing Arts Center will stage a developmental workshop of Gone Tomoro, a new musical by Tony Award-nominated Hair composer Galt MacDermot, as well as a New York revival of the London musical Blood Brothers as part of its 2012-13 season.

Gregory S. Moss' Billy Witch will receive its New York premiere Nov. 1-17 under the direction of Erik Pearson. It will have choreography by Wendy Seyb. Billy Witch, according to APAC, "explores summer camp unlike anything you remember. At Blue Triangle Nature Fun Time Summer Camp lost campers wander into ghost stories and new-boy Oliver braves Consummation Station. But between the possessed pubescence of his fellow campers and the perhaps-too-perky counselors lurking behind any tree, will Oliver find the life-altering change he so desperately wants?"

From Feb. 8-16,  2013, APAC will offer a workshop of Gone Tomoro, which has music by MacDermot and book and lyrics by Timothy Murphy. Songs from the musical, which explores the impact of global warming, were previously presented at a 2011 Carnegie Hall concert. APAC artistic director Tom Wojtunkik will direct.

Here's how it's billed: "Gone Tomoro is a funny and timely new musical, which takes an ironic look at society today through the eyes of modern day pilgrims from the island of Tomoro in the South Pacific."

Willy Russell's Olivier Award-winning musical Blood Brothers, which follows the tragic story of two identical twins who are separated when their mother can't afford to keep both, will be staged in spring 2013 by artistic director Wojtunik. The musical was presented on Broadway in 1993. The long-running London production closes Oct. 27.

APAC performs at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, located at 30-44 Crescent Street in Astoria, NY. Visit

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