LaChiusa's Bernarda Alba Welcomes Visitors Beginning Feb. 11

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Bernarda Alba, Michael John LaChiusa's new musical based on Federico Garcia Lorca's famous work, and his second new musical this season, will begin previews at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre on Feb. 11
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Yolande Bavan, Candy Buckley, Nikki M. James, Sally Murphy, Phylicia Rashad, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Saundra Santiago, Laura Shoop, and Nancy Ticotin are in the cast. Direction and choreography will be by Graciela Daniele. Bernarda Alba is the story of "a newly-widowed mother (Rashad), who enforces her iron will on her large household, only to have her daughters (to be played by James, Murphy, Rubin-Vega and Santiago) overwhelm her tyranny." The subject matter is of the serious, literary sort that LaChiusa often favors. In the past, he has drawn inspiration from the work of Schnitzler, Euripides, Ryunosuke Akutagawa and Gabriel García Márquez.

LaChiusa's Hello, Again and Marie Christine were produced at the nonprofit. Daniele has directed such LCT shows as LaChiusa's Marie Christine and Chronicle of a Death Foretold, as well as such Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens works as Once on This Island and the recent Dessa Rose.

The prolific LaChiusa enjoyed some of his best reviews in years for See What I Wanna See, which played last fall at the Public Theater.

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