“Brooklyn” is coming to Broadway.
Producers Four has confirmed the Broadway production of the new musical by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson. Previews begin Sept. 23, with opening night set for Oct. 21 at a Shubert theater.
A New York berth for “Brooklyn” had been expected ever since the show’s world premiere at the Denver Civic Center in May 2003.
Jeff Calhoun (“Big River”) directs, with musical supervision by John McDaniel (“The Rosie O’Donnell Show”).
Schoenfeld and McPherson will make their Broadway debut with “Brooklyn.” Theirs is one of the more unusual collaborations in showbiz history.
In 1982, Schoenfeld hired McPherson, a cabaret singer, to record his music. Years later, McPherson saw Schoenfeld performing on a Brooklyn street corner and, since he was now homeless, she invited him to live with her family in New Hampshire. “Brooklyn” is inspired by, if not based on, their story.
In the tuner, a band of street performers tell the story of a young girl in search of her father.
Producers Four’s previous Broadway effort was “Sixteen Wounded,” which recently closed on Broadway after a short run. Benjamin Mordecai (“King Hedley II”) is producing manager of the new legit org.