Philly's Arden Has Musical, Café Puttanesca, and Tooth & Claw in 2003-04

News   Philly's Arden Has Musical, Café Puttanesca, and Tooth & Claw in 2003-04
The Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia has selected most of its 2003-04 mainstage season, which will include the premiere of Philly composer Michael Ogborn's new musical, Café Puttanesca.

A sneak preview of the season was announced on the Arden's website (, but dates have not been made public.

Composer-librettist-lyricist Ogborn collaborates with librettist-director (and Arden artistic director) Terry Nolen for the piece, about a café in Amsterdam in 1946. There, "a rag-tag collection of prostitutes, soothing the wounds of World War II, have gathered to laugh, cry and revel by sharing their favorite 'on-the-job' stories."

The show, by the creators of the Barrymore Award winning Baby Case, which explored the hype surrounding the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, is filled with ripe specialty numbers perfect for character actresses.

Also on the season will be Philadelphia playwright Michael Hollinger's Tooth & Claw, based on a true story. It's "a fascinating look at social and political evolution in action, as modern-day environmentalists clash with a group of native fishermen in the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin's theories of evolution were born." This marks the Arden's fifth Hollinger world premiere.

Also planned are Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and a circus-inspired adaptation of Dickens' Hard Times, previously seen at the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago, plus a work to be announced.

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