B’way to see ‘Sawyer’ musical

Ellis to direct show that opens next year

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — A new Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer,” with music by country songwriter Don Schlitz and book by playwright Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me a Tenor,” “Crazy for You”), will receive its premiere as part of the 2000-2001 Broadway Subscription Series at New Haven’s Shubert Performing Arts Center.

Scott Ellis will direct the musical, which will play preview performances Feb. 27 -March 3, 2001, prior to a pre-Broadway run March 4-17. The show will then move immediately to Gotham.

“Tom Sawyer” will be one of four offerings in the Broadway Series. In addition to one yet to be set, they’ll also include “Barry Manilow’s Copacabana” (Dec. 5-17) and “Swing!” (May 8-20). “Copacabana” is scheduled to kick off a lengthy tour in Pittsburgh in the next several weeks. The eventual goal is Broadway. The tuner is already announced to play another Connecticut theater, Hartford’s Bushnell, from May 15-20.

As a non-subscription add-on to the Broadway Series, the SPAC is offering “Jackie Mason’s Much Ado About Everything” (Nov. 7-11) and a return engagement of “Stomp” (April 17-22).

The SPAC’s 2000-2001 season will also include a new Classical Music Series which will consist of Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Cynthia Phelps (viola), Ralph Kirshbaum (cello) and Yefim Bronfman (piano) in concert on Nov. 12, and a recital by pianist Andre Watts on Jan. 13.

Its Cabaret Series will include Judy Collins on Oct. 27, political comedian Mark Russell on Dec. 2, Spalding Gray in “It’s a Slippery Slope” and “Morning, Noon and Night” on March 30 and 31, and Burt Bacharach on May 5.

The Dance Series will be made up of Momix (Nov. 3 and 4), the Royal Ballet of Flanders in their full-length “The Three Musketeers” (March 24) and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (April 27-29).

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