Jones and Schmidt's Celebration to Receive Limited NY Revival

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Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's 1969 avant-garde musical Celebration will get a limited New York revival presented by (re:) Directions Theatre Company beginning Dec. 27
Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones
Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones

Celebration will officially open at the 14th Street Theatre on Dec. 27 and continue through Jan. 6, 2008. The cast comprises Ben Griessmeyer (Orphan), Stefanie O'Connell (Angel), George Croom (Mr. Rich) and Tom Berger (Potemkin) with Kristen Alberda, Nathan Bovos, Liz Kimball, Kristian Lazzaro, and Kasey Williams as the Revelers. Joshua Robinson will perform the role of Mr. Rich during the New Year's Eve and Jan. 2-3 performances. Direction is by Erin Smiley.

In 1969, with the musical The Fantasticks playing its ninth year Off-Broadway, and the Broadway productions of 110 in the Shade and I Do! I Do! under their belts, Jones and Schmidt set out to create the New Year's Eve-set musical fable.

The musical, according to press notes, "focuses on four characters: Orphan, an idealistic and cheerfully optimistic young man, in possession of the stained-glass eye of God, who reminds Edgar Allen Rich, a wealthy but jaded old man, of his younger self; Angel, a sweet entertainer who longs to be 'somebody'; and Potemkin, a Loki-like character who serves as narrator, commentator, and advisor. At the musical's core is the struggle between youth and old age, innocence and corruption, love and ambition, and poverty and wealth, as Angel tries to decide if she would be better served by her feelings for Orphan or Rich's willingness to fulfill her every dream."

Featuring book and lyrics by Tom Jones and a score by Harvey Schmidt, Celebration includes the songs "Under the Tree," "Orphan in the Storm," "Fifty Million Years Ago," "It's You Who Makes Me Young," "Winter and Summer," "Somebody" and "Love Song."

Tickets, priced $18, are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting

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