Elegies, Praised William Finn Song Cycle, Closes Off-Broadway March 30

News   Elegies, Praised William Finn Song Cycle, Closes Off-Broadway March 30
It won a clutch of admiring reviews over the past week, but Elegies, the new revue of William Finn tunes that began its Lincoln Center Theater run March 2, will nonetheless close as scheduled on March 30, after a grand total of nine performances.

The show will surely have had the shortest run of any lauded show this season. It played only Sundays and Monday at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, performing on the set of Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme during that show's dark nights. It did not open for review until March 24.

The cast of five features Christian Borle, Betty Buckley, Carolee Carmello, Michael Rupert and Keith Byron Kirk.

Graciela Daniele is the director, with musical direction by Vadim Feichtner and vocal arrangements by Gihieh Lee.

Among the songs heard at various performances (the selections change from night to night) are such quirky titles as "Mister Choi & Madame G," "Mark's All-Male Thanksgiving," "Joe Papp," "The Ballad of Jack Eric Williams (and other 3-named composers)" and "My Dogs." Many took as their subject people Finn had personally known but who had since passed away. Despite the heavy subject matter, many critics described the evening as bouyant and uplifting.

Finn is best known for two musicals: Falsettos, which ran on Broadway, and A New Brain, which played the Newhouse in 1998. Falsettos, an amalgamation of the musicals, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, starred Carmello in its Broadway incarnation. Since then, the actress has appeared in A Class Act and Parade. Buckley's last New York stage performance was in Nicky Silver's The Eros Trilogy at the Vineyard Theatre. She's better known for her Broadway musicals, including The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cats and Sunset Boulevard.

In addition to Falsettos, Rupert has appeared in Mail and Putting It Together.

Finn's latest project was Infinite Joy, a cabaret retrospective of his work which played at Joe's Pub and starred himself and a variety of performers. Also on Finn's shelf is a musical version of The Royal Family.

For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 ot visit online at http://www.lct.org.

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