World premiere production fills out the 2013-14 Rialto season for Manhattan Theater Club, the Gotham nonprofit that owns the Samuel J. Friedman Theater, the Main Stem venue where “Casa Valentina” will run. MTC produces the show by special arrangement with Colin Callender (“Lucky Guy”), Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo (“Once,” “A Steady Rain”) and the Shubert Org, with the attachment of that commercial contingent suggesting the possibility of a for-profit life for the project should it prove successful at MTC.
Storyline centers on a Castskills colony in the early 1960s that was a favorite retreat for heterosexual men who enjoyed dressing and behaving as women.
Actor-scribe Fierstein penned the book for this season’s Tony topper “Kinky Boots” as well as last season’s “Newsies,” as well as plays including “Torch Song Trilogy.” He’s also appeared on the Rialto in “Hairspray,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “La Cage aux Folles” (another musical for which he wrote the book).
Mantello, meanwhile, last worked with MTC on “The Other Place,” the Laurie Metcalf starrer that played at the Friedman last season.
“Casa Valentina” begins previews April 1 ahead of an April 23 opening. MTC’s Broadway season also includes “The Snow Geese,” the new play by “Other Place” playwright Sharr White and starring Mary-Louise Parker, and “Outside Mullingar,” starring Debra Messing in the latest by John Patrick Shanley (“Doubt”).