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Public Theater announces concert “Capeman” cast

Capeman Several veterans of the Broadway production of Paul Simon’s ill-fated musical “The Capeman” will reconvene for its August 14-16 concert performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, the New York Times reports.

Simon’s show, written with Derek Walcott, was a major flop of the 1997-98 season, lasting just 68 performances at the Marquis Theatre; at the time, its $11 million loss was said to be the biggest in the history of the Great White Way. The book was not the stuff of a hit show. Latin stars Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades took leading roles in Simon’s show about Salvador Agron, a cape-bedecked, teenaged Puerto Rican gang member who became the youngest person ever sentenced to death in New York after killing two men in a 1959 rumble. Simon’s album “Songs From the Capeman” also did not fare well, peaking at No. 42 during an 11-week chart stay.

The show’s rep was rehabilitated somewhat by 2008 concert performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Diane Paulus (“Hair”) is directing the Central Park edition.

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