David Hyde Pierce Will Appear in Developmental Test of John Kander's New Musical

News   David Hyde Pierce Will Appear in Developmental Test of John Kander's New Musical
Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce will perform in Vineyard Theatre's spring 2012 Developmental Lab production of The Landing, the new musical by John Kander and Greg Pierce.

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Scott Ellis, who directed Hyde Pierce to a Best Actor Tony win for Curtains, will direct the lab staging. David Loud (The Scottsboro Boys) will be music director.

The Landing is "a collection of three related one-act musicals" with music by Tony-winning composer Kander (Chicago, Cabaret, Zorba, Kiss of the Spider Woman) and librettist-lyricist Greg Pierce.

According to the Sept. 6 announcement by Vineyard Theatre, "Based on stories written by John Kander and Greg Pierce, The Landing — which will mark Mr. Kander's first full new theatre collaboration with another writer since the passing of his long-time collaborator Fred Ebb in 2004 — is comprised of three one-act musicals thematically-linked and performed together by an ensemble of four. These gripping and soulful pieces invite audiences into richly imagined worlds, in which characters must confront what it means to get what they think they want."

Additional cast and information will be announced at a later date. Developmental Lab Productions at The Vineyard "are limited runs for which only Vineyard members are guaranteed a seat. Developmental Lab Productions have minimal production values and are not open for review by critics."

Kander's relationship with The Vineyard dates back to 1987 with the theatre's revival of the Kander and Ebb musical Flora The Red Menace. Most recently, Vineyard Theatre presented the world premiere of Kander and Ebb's musical The Scottsboro Boys, with book by David Thompson, in March 2010. Greg Pierce is a playwright and fiction writer. His stage adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (co-written with director Stephen Earnhart) premiered at The Ohio Theatre in New York City, and was performed at the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival. His plays include Slowgirl, Kickstop, Odyssey Room, Smack the Wagon and The Suburbanoids.

The Vineyard, an Off-Broadway resident not-for-profit theatre, presents at 108 E. 15 Street.

For more information about The Vineyard, visit www.vineyardtheatre.org

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