Works by Hunter Foster, Adam Gwon, Stephen Sondheim, et al. Part of Signature Theatre's 2011-2012 Season
The year will begin with two new musicals, running in repertory August - October. Eric Shaeffer will direct The Hollow, with music and lyrics by Matt Conner and a book by Hunter Foster, based on Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Joe Calarco will direct The Boy Detective Fails, with music and lyrics by Adam Gwon, and a book by Joe Meno, based on his novel of the same name, which focuses on a man attempting to solve the shocking death of his sister when they were children.
Both of these productions will be performed in the company's The Max theater. Other offerings in the space will be Shaeffer's staging of Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Mark O'Donnell, and Thomas Meehan's Hairspray (November - January), and Brother Russia (February - March), which, with music by Dana Rowe, and book and lyrics by John Dempsey, centers on a fourth rate theater troupe's presentation of a piece about Rasputin. In addition, Matthew Gardiner will direct and choreograph a new production of Douglas Carter Beane and Jeff Lynne's Xanadu (April - May) in The Max.
In the company's Ark space, Gardiner will direct Paul Downs Colaizzo's look at a young woman's desperate attempts to salvage a promising future, Really Really (January - March). The space will also see a production of Yasmina Reza's look at two couple's battles over their sons' playground spat, God of Carnage (April - June).
Also on the theater's schedule are three pieces that will be offered in limited engagements: E. Patrick Johnson's solo show, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South (September-October in The Ark); Stephen Sondheim's Saturday Night (October in The Max); and A Second Chance (November in The Ark), about two New Yorkers unexpectedly drawn to one another at a dinner party, featuring book music and lyrics by Ted Shen.