Cy Coleman's Ostrovsky Finds a Home at Philly's Prince in 2003-04; Gemini Sings, Too

News   Cy Coleman's Ostrovsky Finds a Home at Philly's Prince in 2003-04; Gemini Sings, Too
Cy Coleman's long-aborning musical, Ostrovsky, about a bigger-than-life Yiddish theatre star, will gets its premiere as part of the 2003-04 season of the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia.

According to the company's website and ticket agents, the world premiere of the musical version of the Albert Innaurato play, Gemini, will also sing in 2004, and a revival of William Bolcom's Casino Paradise is on the slate.

Ostrovsky has book and lyrics by Avery Corman, music by Coleman (Sweet Charity, City of Angels) and direction and choreography by Patricia Birch. It runs March 6-April 4, 2004.

At one point the show was called It's Good To Be Alive, and was, in the past, mentioned as a vehicle for comedian-actor Alan King.

The show is billed as "a smart and soulful musical about an outsized, over-the-top star of the Yiddish theatre in the 1920s. Meet David Ostrovsky, an artist of monumental talent, with self-confidence to match, who suddenly finds himself fighting for his own survival in a bustling world of aspiring artists and hustling promoters, left-wing idealists and girls who just want to be stars."

Gemini, a collaboration between Innaurato and songwriter-librettist Kevin Carter, is a musical version of Innaurato's popular 1977 play about a chubby gay college kid returning to his working-class Philly neighborhood for summer break and coming of age as he reconciles his college life with his family life. The musical is announced for June 12-July 3, 2004. Robert J. Cronin, director of the play in its workshop 2002-03 development in New York, confirmed he and the collaborators are in talks with the Prince for a world premiere in 2004. The Prince season opens Sept. 10-28 with writer-actor singer-pianist Hershey Felder's solo music play, George Gershwin Alone, Sept. 10-28.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom and lyricist-librettist Arnold Weinstein's darkly comic Casino Paradise plays May 12-23, 2004. The musical is a "Brechtian tale of a powerful mogul who brings gambling to a ramshackle seaside resort."

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