Wasserstein’s kids book heads to stage

Play to be final show of 2005 Chester season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Wendy Wasserstein’s children’s book “Pamela’s First Musical” will go legit next year when it receives a workshop production at Goodspeed Musicals’ Norma Terris Theater in Chester, Conn.

The musical, with a score by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel and book by Wasserstein, will be the third and final show of Goodspeed’s 2005 Chester season. The run will be Nov. 3-27, 2005. Graciela Daniele will direct and choreograph.

Zippel’s new show “Princesses,” plays Goodspeed’s Chester theater next month.

The other 2005 workshops will include musical comedy “The Flight of the Lawnchair Man” (May 19-June 12). “Lawnchair Man” was originally one part of “3hree,” directed by Hal Prince, which played Philadelphia and Los Angeles in the 2000-01 season. With a book by Peter Ullman and music, lyrics and conception by Robert Lindsey Nassif, tuner was showcased at the National Alliance for Musical Theater’s 16th annual Festival of New Musicals earlier this month. Lynne Taylor-Corbett will direct and choreograph the Goodspeed show.

The second Chester show will be a revised version of “Amour,” the 2002 Broadway musical with a score by Michel Legrand (running Aug. 4-28). The original production, which lasted just 17 perfs, was directed by James Lapine and starred Malcolm Gets and Melissa Errico, with choreography by Jane Comfort. No word yet on director and choreographer for the reworked version of the romantic comedy. Jeremy Sams, who also wrote the book to tuner “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” penned the Broadway script to “Amour.”

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