Off Broadway musical aims high
Make that twice around. The Off Broadway rock musical “Once Around the Sun” is aiming for a berth on Broadway in fall 2006, with a production likely to cost $5 million-$6 million.Feel free to raise an eyebrow. The show, which will complete its run at the Zipper Theater Oct. 16, earned middling reviews at best. Some crix praised the score and performers, but the book — about a wannabe rock star who abandons his friends for the lure of fame — took hits for its cliched story. Still, audience response was encouraging enough to prompt a monthlong extension. And tyro producer Barry Funt, one-fourth of URL Prods. and a real estate investment banker by day, said he considered the Zipper engagement an in-town tryout that will allow the creatives to tinker between incarnations. “I don’t think we’re in any different position than a show that has a pre-Broadway run out of town,” he said, although he added the show hasn’t yet raised the capital for the transfer.
* * *Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Sideways”) will star Off Broadway in “Satellites,” a world premiere play by Diana Son at the Public. Oh, who appeared in Son’s hit “Stop Kiss” at the Public in 1998, plays half of an interracial couple who move into a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood. Show runs May 23-June 25. Michael Greif (“Rent”) directs.
* * *Bebe Neuwirth will join Jenn Harris (“Silence! The Musical”), Jeffrey DeMunn and James Waterston in “Ashley Montana Goes Ashore in the Caicos … Or What Am I Doing Here?” New collection of vignettes by Roger Rosenblatt, directed by Flea a.d. Jim Simpson, runs Oct. 6-Nov. 19. Neuwirth is the latest celeb to appear at the Off Off Broadway venue, following in the footsteps of Bill Murray, John Lithgow and Simpson’s wife, Sigourney Weaver.
* * *Marin Mazzie will reteam with Brian Stokes Mitchell for the Encores! production of “Kismet” Feb. 9-12. The pair co-starred on Broadway in “Kiss Me, Kate.” Early word had Kathleen Marshall directing, but Lonny Price has been confirmed to helm.