Musical sets Broadway plans
New tuner “Lysistrata Jones” has nailed down its Broadway plans, skedding an opening at the Walter Kerr Theater later this fall.
Musical by book writer Douglas Carter Beane (“Sister Act”) and songwriter Lewis Flinn was initially seen in Gotham in an Off Broadway spring run that earned largely glowing reviews. Show preemed under the title “Give It Up” in a Dallas Theater Center run that opened in 2010.
Dan Knechtges, choreographer of “Xanadu” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” helmed and choreographed the Off Broadway version and is on tap for the Main Stem transfer. Casting remains to be confirmed, although it seems likely to include several cast members from the initial Gotham production, which starred Patti Murin, Jason Tam, Lindsay Nicole Chambers and Josh Segarra, among others.
Based on the Aristophanes comedy originally performed in 411 B.C., “Lysistrata Jones” centers on a group of female college students at modern-day Athens U. who try to reverse the basketball team’s losing streak by refusing to put out until the team wins a game.
Designers onboard for Broadway include Allen Moyer (sets), Michael Gottlieb (lights) and David C. Woolard and Thomas LeGalley (costumes). Main Stem staging will likely include some major redesigns since the Off Broadway incarnation, presented by the Transport Group, was staged in a small gymnasium in the basement of downtown’s Judson Memorial Church.
Paula Herold and Alan Wasser produce the commercial transfer, set to being previews Nov. 12 ahead of a Dec. 14 opening at the Kerr.