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News Alley to Stage World Premiere of The Gershwins' An American in Paris with Book by Ludwig The Alley Theatre's 2007-08 season will include the world premiere of The Gershwins' An American in Paris — featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin — which will be presented in late spring 2008.

Songs will include "S'Wonderful," "They All Laughed” and "Stairway to Paradise." The new book is by Ken Ludwig, who also wrote the book for the Gershwin musical Crazy for You.

The musical gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a fictional 1950s movie musical (distinct from the classic 1951 MGM musical of the title). According to press notes, "When the crazy but loveable French music hall star Michel Gerard fails to show up for filming of the movie, comic hysteria results as the Hollywood crew collides with their Parisian colleagues in a musical filled with glamour, laughter and romance."

Also on the schedule for the Houston theatre's 61st season is John Patrick Shanley's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt, Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel, Michael Wilson's adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Scott Schwartz's production of Othello, Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace and Love, Janis, a musical about Janis Joplin, who was from nearby Port Arthur, TX.

The Alley season at a glance:

By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by James Black
Hubbard Stage
Aug. 31-Sept. 23 (press opening Sept. 5) Arsenic and Old Lace
By Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Gregory Boyd
Hubbard Stage
Oct. 5-Nov. 4 (press opening Oct. 10)

A new American play to be determined
Neuhaus Stage

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Michael Wilson
Directed by Michael Wilson and James Black
Hubbard Stage
Nov. 20-Dec. 29 (press opening Nov. 24)

Love, Janis
Conceived, adapted and directed by Randal Myler
Inspired by the book "Love, Janis" by Laura Joplin
Hubbard Stage
Jan. 11-Feb. 10, 2008 (press opening Jan. 16)

The Lieutenant of Inishmore
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Gregory Boyd
Neuhaus Stage
Jan. 25-Feb. 24, 2008 (press opening Jan. 30)

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Hubbard Stage
March 7-30, 2008 (press opening March 12)

Underneath the Lintel
By Glen Berger
Neuhaus Stage
March 21-April 20, 2008 (press opening March 26)

The Gershwins' An American in Paris
World Premiere
Words and music by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Gregory Boyd
Hubbard Stage
Late spring, dates TBA

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