Urban Stages has announced plans to present the world premiere of Drama Desk winner Jim Brochu's Character Man as part of its 30th-anniversary season. The new musical memoir will run from February 28-March 30, with an opening night set for March 5. Robert Bartley directs, with musical direction by Carl Haan.
Character Man, a salute to Broadway's memorable character actors, is filled with stories and personal recollections, spotlighting the careers of Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford, Jackie Gleason, George S. Irving, Barney Martin, and Brochu's own mentor, two-time Tony Award winner David Burns. It features a book by Brochu and the music and lyrics of Leslie Bricusse, Jerry Bock, Betty Comden, Stan Daniels, Fred Ebb, Adolph Green, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Herman, John Kander, Bob Merrill, Anthony Newley, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, and Meredith Willson.
Character Man will feature scenic and video design by Patrick Brennan, lighting design by Meghan Santelli, and sound design by Sean Hagerty.
Jim Brochu is the award-winning creator of Zero Hour, in which he portrayed the great Zero Mostel. Brochu has appeared on Broadway in many special events, including Brigadoon.
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