Songwriters Are Kidnapped By the KGB to Write Propaganda Musicals in Iron Curtain

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Iron Curtain, a new satiric musical comedy by librettist Susan DiLallo, lyrics by Peter Mills and music by Stephen Weiner, was heard in a Nov. 21 Manhattan reading by Prospect Theater Company.

The private reading was for the authors and the Off-Off-Broadway Prospect company, which will produce the show April 8-30, 2006, at the West End Theater.

Tickets are already available at, or by calling (212) 352-3101.

The show is billed this way: "An uproarious musical comedy set during Broadway's Golden Age of the 1950s, Iron Curtain follows the adventures of an unsuccessful composer-lyricist team as they are kidnapped by the KGB and taken to the USSR to ghost-write communist propaganda musicals, where they are forced to choose between the fame they yearn for and the freedom they have lost."

Iron Curtain will be directed by Cara Reichel.

Susan DiLallo wrote book and lyrics to Once Upon a Time in New Jersey (music by Stephen Weiner), which won both the Kleban Award and a Richard Rodgers Award in 2003, and the Global Search For New Musicals Competition in 2005. It was showcased at the Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theater in April, and will be featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer, with a major Chicago production planned for 2006. Peter Mills received the 2003 Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award from The ASCAP Foundation, and received a 2002 grant from the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation. Most recently, he wrote book, music, and lyrics for The Pursuit of Persephone, a new musical about the college years of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Other lyric writing credits include Lonely Rhymes, The Alchemists, Illyria (a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which had its regional premiere at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in fall 2004), The Taxi Cabaret and The Flood, which was selected for the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop (2001). Mills holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theater Writing from New York University's Tisch School for the Arts and a degree in English/Dramatic Literature from Princeton University. He is a founding member of Prospect Theater Company.

Stephen Weiner is the award winning composer of Manhattan Theatre Club's newyorkers (lyrics by Glenn Slater) which garnered an Obie Award, and nominations for the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel awards. They are also writing The Hudsucker Proxy, in development with Clear Channel Entertainment. Other shows include the Richard-Rodgers Award-winning Once Upon a Time in New Jersey (book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo); Spittin Image at the Forum Theater in New Jersey, An Evening with Comden and Green hosted by Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall, Hamlet Sings (lyrics by Peter Mills) for the Prospect Theater Company in New York City, and "Marco Polo," developed for Disney Feature Animation. He is the 2005 recipient of the Jonathan Larson Award for Musical Theater and also received the 2000 ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater. A member of ASCAP, he is a graduate of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in New York City.

Prospect Theater Company is a non-profit organization, founded in 1998 by five graduates of Princeton University, "in order to allow a diverse group of emerging theatre professionals to work together in pursuit of artistic excellence and innovation."

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