Sneak Peek of New Krieger-Shanley Musical Romantic Poetry to Benefit LAByrinth

News   Sneak Peek of New Krieger-Shanley Musical Romantic Poetry to Benefit LAByrinth
LAByrinth Theater Company will present a one-night-only benefit of Romantic Poetry: The Musicale, featuring music by Henry Krieger with a book and lyrics by John Patrick Shanley, May 21.

The event — in anticipation of the work's premiere at New York Stage & Film this summer — will play May 21 at 7 PM at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre. All proceeds benefit the LAByrinth Theater Company.

Shanley and Krieger team on Romantic Poetry, "a soaring love song to impossible romance," as the work is billed. According to the creators, "You will laugh, you will cry, you will shake your head. You will embrace your fellow audience members, and gasp: 'Thank God we were here!' You will make friends for life. The show will improve marriages, turn casual dates into torrid assignations, and reduce cynics to autograph hounds! Be there or face years of loneliness!"

Casting will be announced shortly.

Composer Krieger penned the Tony-nominated scores for Dreamgirls and Side Show as well as the scores for The Tap Dance Kid and the forthcoming The Flamingo Kid, among others.

Pulitzer Prize winner Shanley — who earned that honor for Doubt — has written the plays Defiance, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Four Dogs and a Bone, Where's My Money, Dirty Story and Sailor's Song as well as the screenplay for "Moonstruck" and "Joe Versus the Volcano." The 15th anniversary season of the LAByrinth will continue with the developmental production of Andrea Ciannavei's Pretty Chin Up (May 15-June 2) and Eric Bogosian's This Is Now! penned with musician-composer Elliott Sharp. The company will again collaborate with Bob Glaudini when they present A View from 151st Street as part of their next season (again directed by Peter DuBois).

Priority tickets (priced at $500 with $450 tax-deductible) include admission to an after party and priority seating. Tickets ($150/ $125 tax-deductible) are also available by calling (212) 513-1014 or email

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