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Workshop for ‘Wise Guys’

Mendes-helmed Sondheim tuner headed for Gotham

NEW YORK — A deal has been reached to give some Gothamites their first peek at Stephen Sondheim’s newest musical, “Wise Guys.”

The tuner, with music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by John Weidman, has “Cabaret” helmer Sam Mendes attached to direct.

In a unique semi-closed workshop arrangement, the tuner will bow at New York Theater Workshop as part of its subscription season in November. But it will be produced in a four-wall arrangement by the Dodgers, Roger Berlind, the Kennedy Center and Scott Rudin without funding from the NYTW.

NYTW has a history of germinating big Broadway and Off Broadway tuners, such as Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” and, more recently, Rudin’s co-production of Paul Rudnick’s “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.”

“Wise Guys” centers on two brothers — Addison, an architect, and Wilson, a drug addled con man and fight promoter — both of whom corner the Florida real estate market.

Thesps Nathan Lane, Victor Garber and Debra Monk have performed in previous readings, though its not immediately clear if all three have inked for the NYTW engagement.