Stroman, Weidman, Frankel and Korie at Work on Happiness Musical

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Multiple Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, currently represented on Broadway with the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, has found her latest stage project.

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In an interview for Playbill Radio, Stroman said that she and librettist John Weidman — her collaborator on the Tony-winning musical Contact — are currently working on a piece for Lincoln Center Theater entitled Happiness. The Grey Gardens team — composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie — is penning the show's score.

"We'll have a reading in the spring, and hopefully the production will happen in the fall," Stroman told Playbill Radio's Robert Viagas. When asked whether Happiness is a dance show, Stroman said, "It has dance in it, but it's not primarily a dance show like Contact."

On Broadway Susan Stroman has directed and choreographed Young Frankenstein, The Frogs, Oklahoma!, Thou Shalt Not, The Producers, The Music Man and Contact. She also choreographed the Broadway productions of Steel Pier, Big, Show Boat and Crazy for You. Stroman won Tony Awards for her work on Crazy for You, Show Boat, Contact and The Producers; for the latter she won both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical awards.

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