Two River Theater Adds the New Musical Songbird to Its Season
The addition replaces Oo-Bla-Dee, which has been moved to next season.
Two River Theater has announced plans to present Songbird, written by Michael Kimmel with music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchard from June 9-July 1. The production will be presented by special arrangement with Allison Bressi and Diana Buckhantz and will replace Oo-Bla-Dee by Regina Taylor with original music by Diedre L. Murray.
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Oo-Bla-Dee was previously scheduled for the same dates, but will now move to the theater's 25th anniversary season in 2018-19, allowing Santiago-Hudson to direct Othello for Shakespeare in the Park this season.
With a score that blends folk, bluegrass, and pop-country, Songbird drops Chekhov's The Seagull into a bar in Nashville, "where some country music dreams are realized, while others languish on the shelf right next to the whiskey." Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs.
Songbird premiered off-Broadway at 59E59 in fall 2015. Additional details about Two River's production, including the full cast and creative team, will be announced soon.