Disco musical tries out at York Theater
The disco tuner shepherded by producer Robert D. Wachs, “Last Dance,” takes a step toward a full production this fall with a five-perf lab workshop to be held at Gotham’s York Theater.
Philip William McKinley (“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”) helms the workshop, with a cast that will include Jack Noseworthy (“Sweet Smell of Success”), Saycon Sengbloh (“Fela!”), Jill Shackner and Donna Vivino.
Characterized as a “revue-sical” — a hybrid of a narrative tuner and a plotless revue — the show draws its songs from the catalog of Paul Jabara, the songwriter whose tunes include “Last Dance,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Enough is Enough” and “The Main Event.” The 1970s-set tale is penned by book writer Shaun McKenna, whose credits include the tuner version of “The Lord of the Rings” and the stage incarnation of “Ladies in Lavender,” which recently toured the U.K.
Project has been kicking around for several years under the guidance of Wachs, the entertainment lawyer whose work as a film producer (“Coming to America,” “Beverly Hills Cop II”) stemmed from a career in which he’s also owned a comedy club and been personal manager for Eddie Murphy and others.
“Last Dance” will play Off Broadway’s York Theater for five perfs running Sept. 20-23.