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‘Abyssinia’ returns to Goodspeed

Oklahoma-based musical's book by Racheff, Kociolek

The Goodspeed Opera House has set tuner “Abyssinia” to complete its 2005 season with a Sept. 30-Dec. 4, 2005, run.

Set in rural Oklahoma at the turn of the century, “Abyssinia” is about a young girl born during a terrifying tornado with the gift of song and a healing spirit.

This musical has a book by James Racheff and Ted Kociolek, music by Kociolek and lyrics by Racheff. Based on the novel “Marked by Fire” by Joyce Carol Thomas, musical was produced at Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theater in 1987 and again in 1988.

“Audiences loved it so much, they’ve been asking for it ever since,” said Goodspeed exec director Michael P. Price. “With a timeless story and such glorious music, this is an important show for us to revisit and finally produce on the mainstage.”

Previously announced for the 2005 season at Goodspeed Musicals were “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (April 15-June 26) and “The Boy Friend” (July 8-Sept. 18), latter directed by Julie Andrews.

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