Bonnie Franklin and Steve Blanchard to Recount History of Marriage at NYMF

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Tony Award nominee Bonnie Franklin, Steve Blanchard, Philip Hoffman and Lois Robbins have been cast in the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of My History of Marriage, featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee David Shire.

The new musical about a divorcee who must chronicle the history of marriage, has music and lyrics by Shire (Baby, Closer Than Ever, Big), book and lyrics by Emmy Award winner Lee Kalcheim ("All In the Family," Friends), and additional music and lyrics by Samuel Kalcheim.

Michael Bush will direct My History of Marriage, which will run Oct. 4-14 at the Signature Theatre's Peter Norton Space.

In addition to Franklin (Applause, "One Day At A Time"), Blanchard (Beauty and the Beast), Hoffman (Into the Woods, Falsettos) and Robbins (Cactus Flower), the cast will include Brian Sutherland (The Sound of Music, 1776), Michael Lisco, Jr. (Avenue Q), Brittney Lee Hamilton (Hurricane) and Blair Ross (42nd Street).

Here's how the creators bill the work: "After surviving a disastrous divorce, New York magazine writer Nan Freeman finds her illustrious career flushed down the pipes. Her last chance at a comeback arrives in the form of a lecherous publisher and a lunatic proposal: Nan must write a book about the history of marriage. Scenes from her book take us on a hilarious journey through the annals of matrimony where she learns a thing or two about her own relationships. Will she give love another shot?"

Steve Ray Watkins will serve as musical director, with choreography by Kelli Barclay. My History of Marriage will have set design by James Noone, costume design by Karen Ann Ledger, lighting design by Philip Rosenberg and sound design by David Margolin Lawson. For further information visit NYMF. The Peter Norton Space is located at 555 West 42nd Street.

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