‘Summer’ tuner moves to Ohio

Dayton's 1,100-seat Victoria Theater is musical's new home

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — “Summer of ’42,” a new musical that’s currently receiving an Aug. 10-Sept. 10 work-in-progress production at the Goodspeed Opera House’s second stage, has garnered a transfer.

Goodspeed executive director Michael Price says the show will move from the 200-seat Goodspeed-at-Chester/The Norma Terris Theater to Dayton, Ohio’s 1,100-seat Victoria Theater for an Oct. 10-22 run. The cast and creative team remains intact, with the physical production being augmented to fit the much larger theater.

Based on the Oscar-nominated 1971 film and the Herman Raucher novel from which it was adapted, the musical has a book by Hunter Foster and music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum. It has been helmed by Gabriel Barre, director of last season’s Off Broadway “The Wild Party” at Manhattan Theater Club. The cast includes “Wild Party” star Idina Menzel in the lead role of Dorothy, the young war bride.

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