Mason Will Reprise Role for Public's Capeman Concerts

News   Mason Will Reprise Role for Public's Capeman Concerts
Luba Mason, who was most recently on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago, will be part of The Public Theater's three free concert performances of Paul Simon's short-lived 1997 Broadway musical The Capeman, which will be presented next month at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
Luba Mason
Luba Mason

Mason will reprise her role as Mrs. Kresynski, which she played in the musical's original Broadway run. Additional casting is expected shortly.

As previously reported, Tony Award nominee Diane Paulus will helm the Aug. 14-16 concerts. Performances will begin at 8 PM each night.

Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, The Addams Family) will choreograph the evenings; Grammy winner Oscar Hernandez will lead a 12-piece orchestra. Hernandez also served as musical director for the Broadway run of Capeman.

Luba Mason has been seen on Broadway in Chicago, The Capeman, Jekyll & Hyde, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Will Rogers Follies, Sid Caesar & Company and Late Nite Comic. Her other theatrical credits include Show Boat and the Reprise! mounting of Pippin. Mason's screen credits include "Law & Order," "New York Undercover," "One Life to Live," "Another World" and "Scandalous Art." Her solo recordings are titled "Collage" and "Krazy Love."

The Capeman features music by Paul Simon and book and lyrics by Paul Simon and Derek Walcott. The musical, according to press notes, "tells the true story of a Nuyorican street gang member whose story exploded on to the front pages of the tabloids in 1959, ultimately revealing the cultural and racial tensions beneath the surface of New York in that era." Opening to mostly negative reviews, The Capeman ran only 68 performances on Broadway, earning Tony Award nominations for Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations and Best Scenic Design.

A complete cast album was recorded but never released; however, it is currently available for download on iTunes. Simon did release the album "Songs from The Capeman" featuring the Grammy winner performing songs from his musical.

Free tickets for The Capeman will be distributed in the same manner as all Shakespeare in the Park productions. The Public is also making reserved seats available for patrons wishing to donate $175 per ticket. Limited priority seating, ranging $250-$500, is also available for the Aug. 16 performance and post-performance reception. Paid tickets are limited as a majority of seats are made available to the general public at no cost.

To reserve phone (212) 967-7555. For further details visit PublicTheater.

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