Christopher Durang's Adrift in Macao to Drift Into Off-Broadway in Summer 2004

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Adrift in Macao, the tongue-in-cheek musical by Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick, which played Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre as part of New York Stage & Film's 2002 summer season, will drift into an Off-Broadway house sometime during summer 2004.
Christopher Durang
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Producers Susan Dietz and Ina Meibach are behind the production, a musical send-up of film noir which starred musical veterans Michael Rupert, James Barbour and Liz Larsen during its Vassar run. Sheryl Kaller, who directed in 2002, will repeat her duties. Musical director is Fred Lassen, according to Theatrical Index. Tom Lynch is providing sets. No theatre has been identified, but previous reports had the show being staged in either a traditional house or possibly a nightclub.

The story takes place at the "Casablanca"-esque Macao Surf and Turf Nightclub Gambling Casino, which is overseen by one Rick Shaw. There, sex, blackmail, danger and romance transpire.

Durang last had a new work on the New York stage with Playwrights Horizons' premiere of his scathing comedy, Betty Summer's Vacation, arguably the biggest critical hit of his career. Though there was interest in a commercial transfer of the show, it closed after an extended run at PH.

Since then, Durang has penned Macao and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, which played Pittsburgh's City Theatre late in 2002 and starred one of Durang's prime interpreters, Kristine Nielsen.

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