Great Circle Productions will present the world premiere of Edwin, The Story of Edwin Booth, a new musical that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the actor’s return to the stage. The new work features music by Marianna Rosett and book and lyrics by Eric Swanson.
Edwin is set backstage on the evening of Booth’s return to the stage after his brother assassinated President Lincoln. It is billed as a unique “adventure in music, theater, and history.” Performances will run September 4-18 at Theatre at St. Clement’s. An opening night is set for September 8.
“It suggests the folk songs of the time and hints at the music of the period that people were listening to, like Schumann,” says composer Rosett of the music. “It has weight and body and sometimes an ‘incredible lightness of being.’ It is full of color, melody and heart.”
Directed by Christopher Scott (A Class Act), the cast features Dana Watkins as Edwin Booth, with Adam Bashian (Phantom of the Opera, On Your Toes), Paul DeBoy (A Dirty Shame, Red Dead Redemption), Todd Lawson (Summer and Smoke, Top Floor), Deanne Lorette (La Bete, Benefactors), Ben Mayne (Forever Plaid, Vinyl) and Patricia Noonan (Death Takes a Holiday, Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice).
The creative team is made up of Chad McArver (scenic/lighting design) and David Zyla (costume design). Maxine Glorsky is production stage manager, Paul Ziemer is technical advisor and Melanie Aponte is assistant stage manager. Dailey-Monda Management serves as the general manager; casting by Stephanie Klapper.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.greatcircleproductions.org/ or by calling OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.