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News CAP21 Plans Spring Workshop of Musical Six of One, by Loesel & Burkell Larson Award winning songwriters Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel will enjoy a CAP 21-produced Equity workshop of their urban-relationships musical Six of One in May, offering them the first chance to see the project move on its feet.

The show, about three New York couples who are longtime pals, has been heard in various book-in-hand readings in Manhattan, including a spring 2004 presentation by CAP21, the New York City performing arts conservatory that also develops news plays.

Four weeks of rehearsals will lead to 10 public performances May 16-27, the writers told CAP21 artistic director Frank Ventura will direct, as he did in 2004.

"The cast will be off book, with people up and moving around," said lyricist-librettist Scott Burkell. "This is about getting it up on its feet. There's a lot of overlapping action and it seemed like the best thing to do — get some sort of intensive look at it."

The workshop is being presented with an eye toward CAP21 producing a full production in the coming year.

Changes to the material continued after the spring 2004 presentation, and a reading of the freshened Act One was presented in October 2004. Actress Tia Speros (Long Wharf and Paper Mill Playhouse's Guys and Dolls, Off-Broadway's The Taffetas) is expected to be part of the workshop staging.


The April 2004 presentation at CAP21 represented revisions since the last reading at CAP21 in April 2003. CAP21 has been associated with the project over the last six years.

Six of One has been seen in various readings over the past five years, including the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in 2001. The writers won a Jonathan Larson Developmental Grant in 2000 for the show.


Burkell, who is also an actor, previously said the idea for the show started as a way to use his talented friends who were not working.

Burkell and composer Loesel knew they wanted to write a "book show" with genuine, contemporary-sounding songs — not a "sung-through" piece. The show is set present-day Manhattan. The characters, except for young Joey, are former college classmates. The writers said they wanted to create an ensemble work.

"People ask, 'Who is it about'? And we say, 'Whose story do you relate to most?'" Burkell previously told

"It deals with issues of people who are trying to move into middle age and cannot mature," CAP21 literary director Eliza Ventura previously said. "It's a contemporary American problem, this obsession with youth. It's about moving into true relationships with your friends, your lovers, in your married life."

For information about CAP21, call (212) 807-0202 or visit

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