Stages 2004: A Festival Of New Musicals

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Opened Aug 13, 2004
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Stages 2004: A Festival Of New Musicals features eight new musicals from composers and lyricists from across the country. From a musical about Al Jolson to another about British serial killer Jack the Ripper, from American Klezmer to the Old West, this festival has something for musical lovers of every persuasion. A full schedule is listed below: Schedule Broadway Man: Book by Sherman Yellen, New Songs by Will Holt. Director-Steve Scott. Broadway veteran Sam Harris portrays the stage and film legend Al Jolson. This sassy musical features Jolson standards and new songs. Friday, August 13 at 7:30 PM -North Theatre-Opening Night performance Saturday, August 14 at 12:30 PM-North Theatre American Klezmer: Book by Joanne Koch and Sarah Blacher Cohen, Music by IlyaLevinson; Lyrics by Owen Kalt. Director-Domenick Danza; Music Director-Hugh Clay. Two sisters come to America in 1910 to embrace the zesty Jewish jazz music and those who create it. This musical romance features members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Saturday, August 14 at 9:00 AM-South Theatre Sunday, August 15 at 6:00 PM-South Theatre The Arresting Dilemma Of Mister K: Book by John Sparks, Music and Lyrics by Jon Steinhagen. Director-Andrea Dymond. Music Director-Walter Tambor. Joseph finds his perfect world is flawed. Mysteriously apprehended, he must choose between perfect conformity and imperfect individuality. Saturday, August 14 at 3:30 PM-North Theatre Sunday, August 15 at 1:00 PM-North Theatre Cleopatra: Book by Scott Guy, Music by Raymy Krumrei, Lyrics by Raymy Krumrei and Scott Guy; Additional lyrics by Jeff Hanson; Director-Alison Henderson; Music Director-Dan Dausch. Innocent and naive, the legendary queen fumbles her way through the trickeries of Roman politics, warfare, and seduction. Saturday, August 14 at 3:30 PM-South Theatre Sunday, August 15 at 1:00 PM-South Theatre Doo-Dah: Book by Martin Casella, Music arranged by Jay Schwandt, Concept by Michael Lichtefeld. Director-Ilsea Duncan; Music Director-Andra Velis Simon. The heartfelt and heartbreaking story of Stephen Foster, the genius troubadour who chronicled life in nineteenth century America. He is portrayed in the glittering style of American vaudeville. Saturday, August 14 at 7:30 PM-South Theatre Sunday, August 15 at 9:00 AM-South Theatre Ripper: Book, Music, and Lyrics by Duane Nelson; Director-Henry Fonte; Music Director-Jeremy Ramey. A gripping musical account of determined reporter's hunt to track down England's most notorious murderer, Jack the Ripper. Saturday, August 14 at 9:00 AM-North Theatre Sunday, August 15 at 3:15 PM-North Theatre Saratoga Trunk Songs: Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Arthur. Director-Pat Murphy; Music Director-Alan Bukowiecki. In Saratoga, New York, five eccentric actors find an old trunk filled with what they believe to be cut songs from famous Broadway musicals. True or not, they fashion a musical revue to showcase these lost treasures. Saturday, August 14 at 12:30 PM-South Theatre Sunday, August 15 at 3:45-South Theatre The Singin' Cowboy: Book by Todd Mueller, Additional dialogue by Hank Boland; Music and Lyrics by Gregg Opelka. Director-Tina Salamone; Music Director-Jessica Fogle. A playful romantic comedy of the Old West, performed in the style of the immortal cowboys, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Saturday, August 14 at 7:30 PM-North Theatre Sunday, August 15 at 9:00 AM-North Theatre