Take Me Out Plays San Fran in Summer 2004; Flower Drum, Charity, Movin' Offered

News   Take Me Out Plays San Fran in Summer 2004; Flower Drum, Charity, Movin' Offered
The trio of San Francisco theatres operated by Carole Shorenstein Hays and Scott E. Nederlander will host tours of Take Me Out, Flower Drum Song, The Lion King, Movin' Out and Hairspray, as well as the pre Broadway tryout of Sweet Charity, in the coming 2003-04 season.

The Best of Broadway series in San Francisco was announced, though no specific dates have been indicated. The Shorenstein Hayes-Nederlander venues in San Francisco are the Orpheum, the Curran and the Golden Gate.

Hays is the co-producer of Take Me Out, Richard Greenberg's provocative play about baseball, race, ego, celebrity and fragile male relationships, now on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre. It's expected at the Curran in summer 2004.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is Terrence McNally's two-hander about post-coital lovers — a fortysomething waitress and a short-order cook — hashing out their issues in a Manhattan studio apartment. In January, Joe Pantoliano and Rosie Perez took over roles created by Stanley Tucci and Edie Falco in the 2002 Joe Mantello-directed Broadway staging. The play closed March 9. It comes to the Curran in winter 2004.

Flower Drum Song (Golden Gate, fall 2003) is the revised Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that closes March 16 on Broadway prior to a national tour. The show is set in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1960.

The Sweet Charity revival (Golden Gate, fall 2003) is expected on Broadway in 2004, starring Marisa Tomei. Out of town engagements and a creative team are expected to be announced soon. Hairspray (Golden Gate, spring 2004), the musical based on the John Waters movie, is the current Broadway season's obvious musical hit, expected to be Tony Award-honored in June. Movin' Out (Golden Gate, summer 2004) is the serious-minded Broadway dance musical created by Twyla Tharp using Billy Joel's songs, sung live, as a soundtrack for the era.

Disney's smash, The Lion King, is expected at the Orpheum in winter 2004.

The current Shorenstein Hays-Nederlander subscriptions season continues into the fall with The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, The Graduate and Topdog/Underdog.

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