Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rooms Makes Regional Premiere in Norwich

The 2010 theater season “The Future of Musical Theater” continues at The Spirit of Broadway Theater in Norwich with the regional premiere of the off-Broadway musical Rooms: A Rock Romance with music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman, book by Goodman and Miriam Gordon. The production runs March 3-April 4.

The musical is a love story played out against the punk, rock and new music scenes of Glasgow, London and New York in the '70s and '80s. Beginning in the late 1970's in Scotland, Monica a self-proclaimed Glasgow "Scottish Jewish Princess" and a lyricist in search of a composer, meets poor Catholic boy Ian who lives locked in his room with a guitar in one hand and a bottle of scotch in the other. The two quickly become entangled creatively and romantically.

Rooms was performed in 2005 at The New York Musical Theater Festival. It had its world premiere production by MetroStage, Alexandria, VA and Geva Theatre Center, Rochester, NY. Van Hill Entertainment produced it Off-Broadway at New World Stages February through May of 2009. The Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording is available from Time-Life. The production is appropriate for high school students and older. (Language)

Special events connected with the roduction include a high school 2 pm matinee Sunday, March 7, with a 1:30 pm pre-show reception. Seats with valid High School IDs are $20.

On Saturday, March 13, join the cast and production team for a opening night gala, complete with red carpet and special surprises. All seats are $75.

Other events:
PAGE2STAGE MATINEE Sunday, March 14 pre-show conversation before the 2 pm performance

Couple’s Night @ The Spirit, Thursday, March 18. The evening begins at 7:30 with a pre-show wine and cheese reception. Performance at 8pm. All seats are $35. The Spirit of Broadway Theater offers patrons the opportunity for BYOB to all performances! $5 corking fee.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Adult tickets are $30 and Student and seniors are $25.00. For more information about the production, or to make reservations, contact the SBT Box Office at 860.886.2378 or online at www.spiritofbroadway.org. The theater is located at 24 Chestnut St., Norwich.

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