Well, actually it’s in Coral Gables, but sponsored by the University of Miami’s theatre department. Mark Lamos, who is attached to the project as director, has been spending the late winter and spring workshopping the play with the creative team and a cast of UM students. There will be a workshop performance this Wednesday, April 8, at 8 p.m. at Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, Coral Gables. The performance is free and open to the public; if you’re in the area, do stop in. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Since a concert version featuring Broadway talent was presented in Rochester, N.Y., last fall, Lamos has continued the musical’s development. He brought its creative team — Lindsay Warren Baker, Amanda Jacobs and playwright Jeffrey Hatcher — to Coral Gables to revise the piece and has been working with 15 UM actor-singers on a workshop version. That free, open-to-anyone performance takes place at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall on campus.
Dubbed ”The Mark Lamos Project,” the workshop is giving students the chance to work with an artist who led Hartford Stage to the 1989 Tony Award as the country’s outstanding regional theater. After a dozen busy years as a freelance theater and opera director, Lamos has just been named artistic director of Connecticut’s historic Westport Country Playhouse, which was revitalized under the leadership of actress Joanne Woodward.
There’s a hint where we might see the play in its regional performance.
Depending on what its creators see at UM, the show might wind up on the schedule at the Westport Country Playhouse.
”There’s a lot of excitement about it,” Lamos says. “Enormous enhancement money would be needed to take it to Broadway. But we could run it in the fall and extend it. It’s very close to ready.”
w00t! Thanks to Alert Janeites Mayreth and Lisa for the link.