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‘Butterfly’ opens up new Horizons season

Seldes, Murray, Lacey headline drama

Playwrights Horizons will open its season Oct. 3 with Theresa Rebeck’s new play “The Butterfly Collection.”

Marian Seldes, Brian Murray and newcomer Maggie Lacey will headline the family drama in which fathers and sons, lovers and spouses are pitted against one another.

Bartlett Sher, recently appointed artistic director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, will direct. He helmed last season’s critically acclaimed production of “Waste” at Theater for a New Audience in New York.

Rebeck’s previous works include “Abstract Expression” and “Spike Heels.”

‘Wax’ on

Other works in the Playwrights Horizons’ season include Kathleen Tolan’s “The Wax,” to open Dec. 19, and Kenneth Lonergan’s untitled play about the aftermath of a brutal murder. Its world premiere will be held March 13.

Thesp Murray also will appear with the Manhattan Class Co. next season in Anto Howard’s “Skipwith,” which recently completed a four-day workshop at the not-for-profit theater. Murray participated in the workshop, with David S. Esbjornson directing.

Howard, a travel journalist for Fodor, makes his legit debut with “Skipwith.” The play, which has a spring world premiere date, is described as an examination of the “deceptive world” of university life.

Other plays in MCC’s 2000-01 seasons are Simon Block’s “A Place at the Table” and Angus MacLachlan’s “The Dead-Eye Boy.”

In addition, the York Theatre Co. has announced three new musicals as well as its Musicals in Mufti concert series of “underappreciated” tuners.

The three fully staged musicals include Joanne Sydney Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum’s “Fermat’s Last Tango,” about a professor who tackles the world’s most notorious math problem. It opens Dec. 7.

Celebrated ‘Suburb’

“Suburb” follows March 1. David Javerbaum and Robert S. Cohen’s musical about a young couple’s battles over moving out of the city won the 2000 Richard Rodgers Development Award.

“The It Girl” is based on the 1927 film that made Clara Bow a star. This jazz age Cinderella musical has a book by Michael Small and B.T. McNicholl, music by Paul McKibbins and lyrics by McNicholl. Production consultant is Jerry Zaks; it opens April 26.

York’s concert series will highlight six Broadway musicals: the 1976 “Rex,” by Richard Rodgers, Sheldon Harnick and Sherman Yellen (Oct. 13-15); the 1936 “Johnny Johnson,” by Kurt Weill and Paul Green (Oct. 20-22); the 1967 “Hallelujah, Baby!,” by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Oct. 27-29); the 1969 “Celebration,” by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (Jan 12-14); and the 1965 “Baker Street,” by Jerome Coopersmith, Marian Grudeff and Raymond Jessel. A Frank Loesser musical will be performed Jan. 26-28.

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