Butz, Sanz and Thompson to Star in Musical Workshop from Grey Gardens Duo

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Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, Horatio Sanz and Jennifer Laura Thompson will take part in a May reading of a new musical penned by Grey Gardens co-creators, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie.
Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz

Lincoln Center Theater confirmed that Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Sans ("SNL") and Thompson (Wicked) are scheduled to appear in the reading, which will be helmed by Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman.

John Weidman (Assassins, Bounce, Contact) has penned the book for the new musical that was previously titled Happiness. In an earlier interview with Playbill Radio's Robert Viagas, Stroman commented that the new work would incorporate dance but not be primarily dance-driven like her Tony-winning Contact.

The currently untitled work centers on a group of subway riders who find themselves stranded on a train together. Stroman stated that the production is eyeing a full production this fall.

On Broadway Susan Stroman has directed and choreographed Young Frankenstein, The Frogs, Oklahoma!, Thou Shalt Not, The Producers, The Music Man and Contact. She also choreographed the Broadway productions of Steel Pier, Big, Show Boat and Crazy for You. Stroman won Tony Awards for her work on Crazy for You, Show Boat, Contact and The Producers; for the latter she won both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical awards.

Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, who earned critical acclaim with Grey Gardens, are also at work penning a musical adaptation of "Finding Neverland" with librettist and playwright Allan Knee. Knee penned The Man Who Was Peter Pan, the dramatic inspiration for the 2004 Miramax film.

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