Hwang's Flower Drum Song and Disney's Tarzan Scheduled for San Jose Season

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From Rodgers and Hammerstein to Phil Collins: The American Musical Theatre of San Jose will stage two musicals featuring a book by Tony winner David Henry Hwang as part of its 2008-2009 season.

The season will kick off with David Yazbeck's The Full Monty Sept. 16. Nominated for nine Tony Awards for its 2000 Broadway debut, The Full Monty features a book by Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally, with music and lyrics by Yazbeck. The heartfelt musical about unemployed male steel workers turned strippers will run through Sept. 28.

Two musicals featuring books by David Henry Hwang will be presented back to back. First up is the South Bay premiere of Hwang's revision of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song. Hwang was Tony-nominated for his 2002 adaptation of the classic musical about Chinese immigrants in 1950's San Francisco. Flower Drum Song will run Oct. 28-Nov. 9.

Following Flower Drum Song will be a new production of Disney's Tarzan directed by Tony nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett. A co-production with Theatre of the Stars in Atlanta, Dallas Summer Musicals and The North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh, the musical features a book by Hwang — based on both the Disney film and the original Edgar Rice Burroughs story "Tarzan of the Apes" – and a score by Phil Collins that includes the Academy Award-winning song "You'll Be in My Heart."

Currently assembled for the newly revised Disney's Tarzan mini-tour are scenic designer Kenneth Foy, aerial designer Paul Rubin and lighting designer Ken Billington. The production will run Feb. 10-22, 2009.

The season will conclude with the Broadway classic 42nd Street, which will play American Musical Theatre of San Jose April 14-26, 2009. With a score by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin and a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, 42nd Street won the 1981 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Revival. Season subscriptions for American Musical Theatre of San Jose's 2008-2009 line-up are available by calling (888) 455-SHOW (7469) or by visiting www.amtsj.org.

All productions play the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, located at 255 Almaden Blvd. in San Jose, CA.

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