Victoria Clark Directs New Musical The Trouble With Doug | Playbill

International News Victoria Clark Directs New Musical The Trouble With Doug
The musical is currently making its European premiere in Denmark.
Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark Deborah Feingold

Victoria Clark, a Tony winner for The Light in the Piazza who was most recently seen in the world premiere of Sousatzka, directs the European premiere of the new musical The Trouble With Doug.

Penned by Will Aronson and Daniel Maté, the musical will play Denmark’s Fredericia Theatre through June 2.

The Trouble With Doug is described as “a contemporary, comedic reimagining of Kafka’s Metamorphosis in which a happy, healthy young man transforms inexplicably into a giant talking slug. Thrust together awkwardly under the same roof, Doug, his family, and his fiancée all struggle to understand and respond to this strangest of crisis.”

The Danish cast features Lars Mølsted as Doug, Thomas Jensen, Bjørg Gamst, Ulla Ankerstjerne, and Christian Damsgaard.

The production also features associate direction and choreography by Sara Brians and orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin.

In a statement, Clark said, “The Trouble With Doug is ultimately about the range of the human experience, surrendering to circumstances in life we can't control, and how we respond to change. Exploring this hilarious and moving material with this remarkable company has been the greatest gift a director could ever hope for.”

Aronson is a writer and composer whose work includes What I Learned From People (2017 Richard Rodgers Award), Mother, Me & the Monsters (Barrington Stage; Boston Globe Critic’s Pick), Bungee Jump (multiple Seoul productions; Best Score, Korean Musical Awards), My Scary Girl (Best Musical, NYMF 2009), Pete the Cat (TheatreworksUSA), and Wind-Up Girl (Ars Nova Uncharted).

Maté is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and educator who received the Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist, as well as a Jonathan Larson Grant and the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award for music and lyrics. Daniel is currently the Composer-Lyricist in Residence for Vancouver’s Touchstone Theatre.

Clark has been associated with The Trouble With Doug as a director since it appeared at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival. Clark also directed the original musical Newton’s Cradle by Heath Saunders and Kim Saunders for the 2016 New York Musical Theater Festival, for which she won the festival’s award for Best Director.

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