New musical by Byrne, Fatboy Slim on tap
Two new tuners, including one by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, and the world preems of five new plays are among the offerings on tap for the 2012-13 season at Off Broadway’s Public Theater.
The musical from Byrne and Fatboy Slim, “Here Lies Love,” is based on the duo’s 2010 concept album that set the story of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, to a disco and dance music beat. Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher,” “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”) will helm the production, running April 2-May 5, 2013, with choreography by downtown dance vet Annie-B Parson.
Fall programming begins with “Wild With Happy” (Oct. 9-Nov. 11), the latest by writer-performer Colman Domingo (“A Boy and His Soul”). Robert O’Hara directs the world preem of a play about a man who aims to scatter his mother’s ashes where she was happiest.
Next up is the Gotham preem of “Giant” (Oct. 26-Dec. 2), the Michael John LaChiusa musical playing New York in a co-production with the Dallas Theater Center, where the show played earlier this season. With songs by LaChiusa (“The Wild Party,” “Marie Christine”) and book by Sybille Pearson, show is based on the Edna Ferber novel that also inspired the 1956 pic about a Texas cattle rancher, his family and his rivals. Michael Greif helms a cast that has not yet been announced, although the Dallas production starred Aaron Lazar, Kate Baldwin, Matt Doyle, P.J. Griffith and Dee Hoty. Alex Sanchez choreographs.
Also on the Public’s Off Broadway bill is “Sorry” (Oct. 30-Nov. 18), the third outing from writer-director Richard Nelson about a New York family grappling with current events. Cast for the production, which revolves around Election Day 2012, includes Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders and J. Smith-Cameron, reprising roles they’ve played in other plays about the Apple family. As was the case with the series’ prior two outings, “Sorry” will be presented as part of the Public Lab program of smaller-scale presentations of new work.
Later in the fall, Englander’s “The Twenty-Seventh Man” (Nov. 7-Dec. 9) — which had been set to bow this season but was postponed — preems in a staging from helmer Barry Edelstein. Englander bases the script on his own Soviet Union-set short story about a group of Yiddish writers rounded up by Stalin’s secret police in 1952.
The second Lab staging of the season goes to “Detroit 67,” a new work by Dominique Morisseau, set during the 1967 Detroit riots and revolving around two siblings who operate a nightclub in their basement. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, the play is presented in association with the Classical Theater of Harlem.
Also on the Public slate is “Neva” (March 1-31), Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderon’s tale about Chekhov’s widow, with a script translated by Andrew Thome. Rounding out the season is the latest from avant-garde auteur Richard Foreman, “Old Fashioned Prostitutes (A True Romance),” about a seductress and the man she conquers. It runs April 30-June 2, 2013.
The season’s lineup of events also includes an October ceremony that will officially rededicate the Public’s newly renovated facility as well as a three-week run of a production of “Richard III” that also will play a number of free performances in prisons, homeless shelters and other community venues.