Goodman Theatre to Stage Musical Purlie in Fall 2005

News   Goodman Theatre to Stage Musical Purlie in Fall 2005
Just as the City Center's Encores! series is preparing to present a concert presentation of the Ossie Davis-Phillip Rose-Peter Udell musical Purlie, Chicago's Goodman Theatre has announced that a full production of the work will grace its Albert stage this fall.

Sheldon Epps (Play On!) will direct the staging, running Sept. 17-Oct. 23, with an opening on Sept. 27. The show, produced in association with Pasadena Playhouse, has not yet been cast

Purlie is based on the late Ossie Davis' play Purlie Victorious. With a book by Davis, Rose and Udell, Purlie features music by Gary Geld and lyrics by Udell. Directed by Philip Rose, the original 1970 production was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical; its co-stars, Cleavon Little and Melba Moore, both won Tonys for their performances.

The Encores! presentation will be dedicated to the memory of Ossie Davis, who died Feb. 3.

The Goodman also announced a new staging of Shakespeare's Pericles, directed by Mary Zimmerman and running at the Albert Jan. 7-Feb. 12, 2006. Zimmerman, who brought Metamorphoses to Broadway, previously staged the seldom-seen Pericles at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Slated for the smaller Owen Theatre, meanwhile, is Beyond Glory, a new play adapted by and starring actor Stephen Lang. The story is derived from Larry Smith's book of the same name, which depicts the lives and actions of several recipients of the Medal of Honor. Dates are Sept. 10-Oct. 9. Lang rose to prominence in the '80s, playing Happy in Dustin Hoffman's Death of a Salesman and starring in A Few Good Men and in the title role in Hamlet at the Roundabout Theatre Company. He was nominated for a Tony Award for 1991's The Speed of Darkness. For much of the 80s, he concentrated on film and television work. Recently, he returned to the stage, playing in The Guys Off-Broadway and Arthur Miller's final play Finishing the Picture at the Goodman in summer 2004.

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