Doctor in Spite of Himself, New Musical by Sheldon Harnick, to Open William Inge Festival

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A preview presentation of A Doctor in Spite of Himself, a new musical by Sheldon Harnick (co-creator of Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me) will open the 30th Annual William Inge Theatre Festival on April 13. The Inge Festival runs April 13-16 in Independence, KS.

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A Doctor in Spite of Himself, which is based on the play by Moliere, will be directed by David Glenn Armstrong and will feature a professional cast in a concert reading. Harnick penned music, book and lyrics.

“It is a tremendous honor to host a preview presentation of this terrific new musical,” said Inge Center artistic director Peter Ellenstein in a statement. “Our mission is to support and nurture the creation of new scripts, whether by students, up-and-coming professionals, or, in the case of Sheldon Harnick, a creator of some of the most beloved musicals in the world.”

A Doctor in Spite of Himself, according to press notes, "is a musical comedy whose classic plot devices lead to hilarious ends. A woodcutter is manipulated by his spiteful wife to impersonate a brilliant doctor. He is called to an emergency case—a lovely young woman curiously struck by muteness. Mix in a cast of eccentrics, and the comic antics build to the climatic resolution."

The Inge Festival will culminate with a multi-media tribute to Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning dramatist of multiple moods and genres, April 16. Norman will personally accept the William Inge Theatre Festival’s Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award at the William Inge Theatre at Independence Community College.

Tickets to the Sheldon Harnick concert reading are $20; tickets to the Marsha Norman tributeare $35. For more information visit

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