Pierce comes in for ‘Landing’

Actor to star in new Kander musical

David Hyde Pierce will topline the developmental production of a musical from John Kander, “The Landing,” bowing in the spring at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theater.

Scott Ellis directs the project, reteaming with both Kander and Pierce, with whom he worked on the Broadway staging of the Kander and Fred Ebb tuner “Curtains” in 2007. He also has helmed Kander and Ebb musicals “Steel Pier” on Broadway and “Flora the Red Menace” at the Vineyard.

Kander’s first new legit venture since the death of longtime partner Ebb, “The Landing” consists of three linked one-act tuners performed by a cast of four. Greg Pierce (“The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle”) co-writes with Kander.

David Hyde Pierce will be busy with stage work for much of this season, directing new tuner “It Shoulda Been You” at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse prior to an Off Broadway thesping stint in new play “Close Up Space” at Manhattan Theater Club this fall.

“Landing” will be seen in a developmental staging that’s open to the public but not to critics. Most recent Kander and Ebb outing, “The Scottsboro Boys,” had been scheduled as part of the same lab program before being upgraded to a full Vineyard production prior to the eventual Broadway transfer.

Exact dates and further casting of “Landing” remain to be announced. Upcoming Vineyard season gets under way later this month with the world preem of Nicky Silver play “The Lyons.”

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