Family venue sets 2011-12 season
The U.S. bow of a show from Aussie legit troupe Belvoir (“Exit the King”), a series of Dutch offerings and a tuner with music by Henry Krieger (“Dreamgirls”) are among the productions lined up for the 2011-12 season at Gotham’s New Victory Theater.
“The Book of Everything,” a collaboration of Belvoir and Kim Carpenter’s Theater of Image, is helmed by Neil Armfield, who recently directed Geoffrey Rush-toplined Gotham outings of “Exit the King” and “Diary of a Madman.” Based on a Dutch novel, the show, skedded for an April run, follows a young boy and his vivid imagination.
The outing by Krieger, ugly duckling-inspired tuner “Lucky Duck,” pairs the “Dreamgirls” composer with lyricist Bill Russell (“Side Show”) and book writer Jeffrey Hatcher, who co-wrote the book with Russell. Musical gets a March run at the New Vic.January series of four Dutch shows, presented under the banner Zoem! New Dutch Theater, includes an adaptation of “Wuthering Heights.”
Also on tap for the season is a version of “The Little Prince” by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, with puppetry by Muppet Workshop member Michael Schupbach; “White” from Scottland’s Catherine Wheels Theater Company, whose environmental version of “Hansel and Gretel” appeared at the New Vic in 2009; a show from a Shanghai circus troupe and a stage adaptation of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Laura Eason (“Sex With Strangers”).
Kid-friendly presenter New Victory is currently finishing up a run of Mabou Mines’ “Peter and Wendy.”