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‘Letters to God’ multiplying

Korean, Hebrew, Spanish productions underway

“Children’s Letters to God,” which returned to the Lamb’s Theater Off Broadway Oct. 8 after a hiatus, is looking to become a mini-franchise.

A Korean-language production will begin in Seoul on Dec. 18, according to producer Carolyn Rossi Copeland. A Hebrew production in Israel and a Spanish-language production in Mexico are expected for 2005.

Beginning in the spring, Samuel French will make the script available to any productions outside the tristate area.

“We get calls daily,” said Copeland, about “having it for a high school, having it for a junior high, having it for a LORT theater.”

A cast album, with the thesps ranging from 12 to 16 years old, was recorded a month ago. It will be available by Thanksgiving.

Tuner, initially capitalized at $300,000 when it opened at the Lamb’s 130-seat theater (the smaller of its two venues) in June, consists of a series of vignettes about children. Songs by David Evans and Douglas J. Cohen are interspersed between excerpts from the book of the same title by Stuart Hample.

Is interest in the show spurred by the same factors that have made “The Passion of the Christ” and the “Left Behind” book series so popular?

“It’s a safe environment to talk about your religious beliefs,” Copeland said.

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