<i>Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill</i> playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo
Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo
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Signature Theatre has announced the eight productions that will join the lineup for its 2013/14 season, half of which will be making their world premieres. The season will open with a production of Miss Saigon, directed by Broadway veteran Eric Schaeffer (Scandalous), set to run from August 15-September 22, followed by a world premiere production of Paul Downs Colaizzo's new play, Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill, which will run from October 15-December 8. Colaizzo is presenting this new play after a resounding success at Signature Theatre in January 2012 with his play Really Really, which is currently running off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Next will be Crossing, a world premiere musical also directed by Schaeffer with a book by Grace Barnes and music and lyrics by Matt Conner, scheduled to run from October 29-November 24. Off-Broadway director Joe Calarco (Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky) will then helm a production of the classic American musical Gypsy, running from December 17-January 19 2014.

Next up is the world premiere of the new musical adaptation of the novel Beaches (better known for its 1988 film adaptation starring Bette Midler). Iris Rainer Dart, author of the original novel wrote the book for the new musical alongside playwright Thom Thomas (The Interview). The show features music by David Austin for which Dart also lent the lyrics and will also be under the leadership of director Eric Schaeffer, running from February 18-March 23.

The next two productions will be a play by Philip Ridley called Tender Napalm, running from March 18-May 11, and The Threepenny Opera, a musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, scheduled for April 22-June 1. Both of these productions are set to be directed by Matthew Gardiner. The final production of the season will be Cloak & Dagger, a world premiere musical comedy send-up of 1950s film noir written by Helen Hayes Award Winner Ed Dixon (Signature's Sunset Boulevard). Running from June 12-July 6, this will be the fourth production Schaeffer is scheduled to direct throughout Signature's 2013/14 season.