Sunday, March 24, 2013

New Stephen Schwartz Musical Highlights Norma Terris Season

The 2013 Norma Terris Theatre Season features three musicals in development: The Fabulous Lipitones with a barbershop quartet, Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook by Stephen Schwartz, an original tuner which features well-known tunes from Wicked, Godspell, Pippin and a third musical to be announced. 

The Fabulous Lipitones (May 9 – June 2), a comedy about what happens when white bread meets tandoori, is by Emmy-winning writer John Markus, head writer for "The Cosby Show" and writer/producer of "The Larry Sanders Show" and award-winning playwright Mark St. Germain, author of Freud's Last Session as well as Camping With Henry And Tom and the musical Stand By Your Man, The Tammy Wynette Story which was a Goodspeed audience favorite at The Norma Terris Theatre.
What happens when a barbershop quartet who’s been belting out close harmonies for twenty years loses a key member to a heart-stopping high “C”? The three surviving members must cease their bickering and race to find a replacement in time for Nationals. Excitement is high when they find someone, BUT he’s nowhere near what they expected.

Snapshots (Oct. 24 – Nov.17) takes place in the attic of Sue and Dan, a couple whose 20 year marriage has begun to drift apart. Together they discover a box of photographs which leads them to relive the memories of their past selves captured in the snapshots. Featuring fresh lyrics and orchestrations, Snapshots reveals the humorous twists of how love united the couple and why life has pushed them apart. Songs include: “Popular” (Wicked), “Corner of the Sky” (Pippin), “Endless Delight” (The Baker’s Wife), “All Good Gifts” (Godspell), “Fathers and Sons” (Working) and many more. 

Snapshots is romantic comedy that blends the best-loved music from composer Stephen Schwartz’s Broadway shows plus some of his lesser-known gems with book by David Stern who has written numerous movies including: "Geppetto" (four Emmy Award nominations), "Open Season 2" (Annie Award nomination for Best Animated Feature), "Open Season 3" and the upcoming "Turkeys" (starring Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson). He also wrote the musical My Son Pinocchio with longtime collaborator Schwartz. 

Single tickets ar available beginning today : box office, 6 Main Street, East Haddam; 860-873-8668; goodspeed.org.  The additional production to be announced is scheduled to run from July 25 – Aug.18.

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