Prospect Theater to Reinvestigate Myths and Hymns and Cole Porter's Nymph Errant

News   Prospect Theater to Reinvestigate Myths and Hymns and Cole Porter's Nymph Errant
The Prospect Theater Company will stage Tony Award winner Adam Guettel's Myths and Hymns, a revised version of Cole Porter's Nymph Errant and the musical Iron Curtain as part of its 2011-2012 season.

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Iron Curtain, which received its world premiere in 2006 under Prospect's wing, will return Nov. 5-27 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. The musical has a book by Susan DiLallo, lyrics by Peter Mills and music by Stephen Weiner. Cara Reichel will direct with choreography by Christine O'Grady.

Iron Curtain is billed as "an uproarious original musical comedy set during Broadway’s Golden Age of the 1950s! The hapless songwriting team of Howard Katz and Murray Finkel finally get their big break... when they are kidnapped by the KGB, taken to Russia, and forced to fix the world’s worst communist propaganda musical. Will they choose fame or freedom?"

Following will be the song cycle Myths and Hymns, by Tony Award-winning Light in the Piazza composer-lyricist Guettel. It has additional lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh and will include new narrative and direction by Elizabeth Lucas. It will run Jan. 28-Feb. 26, 2012, at the West End Theatre.

According to Prospect, "Earth, air, water, fire: A restless daughter, a mother without words, a righteous father, and a lost son. Venture into one family’s mythologized past as stage and film director Elizabeth Lucas ('Clear Blue Tuesday') offers her innovative vision for this song cycle…"

The final musical will be Porter's racy 1933 musical Nymph Errant, directed by Davis McCallum July 7-29, 2012, at a venue to be announced. The musical will have a new libretto by Rob Urbinati (Hazelwood Jr. High), based on the on the novel by James Laver and the original libretto by Romney Brent. Here's how Prospect bills the sleek new adaptation: "From a Swiss boarding school, to a German nudist colony, to a Turkish harem. . . follow the unlikely adventures of young Evangeline Edwards as she enters the world and seeks her true passion. A fresh take on a rarely-heard gem!"

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