‘Little Women’ gets tuner treatment

New Haven prod'n directed by Schulman, to star Hall

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — A March 12-21 pre-Broadway run of a new musical version of “Little Women” will be part of the 2003-04 Broadway Series at New Haven’s Shubert Theater.

The series also will include the Oct. 24-Nov. 2 U.S. premiere of Peter Hall’s Theater Royal, Bath, production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” already announced to play Boston’s Wilbur Theater from Nov. 11.

Produced by Dani Davis, Randall Wreghitt and Ken Gentry, the new “Little Women” will have a book by Allan Knee (“Syncopation”), music by Jason Howland (the musical director of Frank Wildhorn’s “Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “The Civil War”) and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. Susan Schulman (“The Secret Garden”) will direct.

“As You Like It,” Shakespeare veteran Hall’s first production of that comedy, will star his daughter, Rebecca Hall, as well as Eric Sykes and Philip Voss, and will be designed by John Gunter with lighting by Peter Mumford.

The subscription series will include actress-singer-comedian Klea Blackhurst in Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” Oct. 3-12; an Atlanta Theater of the Stars production of “The Sound of Music,” Nov. 11-16; the touring stage version of “The Graduate,” March 23-28; and the new Cameron Mackintosh revival of “Oliver!,” May 11-16, 2004.

CAPA president-CEO William Conner and CAPA veep and Shubert executive director John Fisher announced the non-subscription Shubert attractions during the 2003-04 season will include “Riverdance” Sept. 16-21, “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 28-30, “Rent” Jan. 13-18, “Les Miserables” April 6-11 and “Fame” April 23-24.

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