With songs by Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” will get its first full workshop at New York Stage & Film this summer. Skedded for Broadway in 2005, the new tuner is part of the legit fest’s 20th anniversary season at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Directed by John Carrafa with a book by Richard Dresser, “Good Vibrations” had a reading earlier this year in Gotham under the auspices of its producers, the Dodgers. The show’s story line has been kept under wraps, but a festival release gives the following synopsis: ” ‘Good Vibrations’ follows the romantic misadventures of a group of small-town teenagers on a life-changing odyssey to the Promised Land: the beaches of Southern California.” The festival is calling the show “a work in progress.” It runs July 29-Aug. 1.
New York Stage & Film is also presenting the world premiere of the new musical “Nerds” by composer Hal Goldberg and Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner, creators of “The Bomb-itty of Errors.” July 15-18.
The fest’s third musical is the untitled Peterson Project, a collaboration between the rock band the Petersons and director Trip Cullman. Corporate interests threaten to close down a legendary music emporium in the new rock tuner. July 31-Aug. 1.
Plays in the festival include Marta Góes’s “A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop” with Amy Irving (June 23-July 3), Anton Dudley’s “Honor and the River” (July 7-10), Zach Helm’s “Good Canary” with Lucy Liu (July 9-11), Itamar Moses’s “Bach at Leipzig” (July 14-17) and Patricia Wettig’s “In My Andy” (July 22-24), about an immigrant mother who grooms her son to be pop icon Andy Warhol.
On June 25 and 26, the fest offers a “sneak peek” of “Expedition 6.” Conceived and directed by Bill Pullman, the work-in-progress offers the perspective of three astronauts who become stranded in space after the loss of the shuttle Columbia.
The classic hippie tuner “Hair” is the choice for the next Actors’ Fund Benefit Concert, skedded for Sept. 20 at the New Amsterdam Theater.
Casting was not announced, but the event is usually star-studded. Past shows include “Dreamgirls,” “Funny Girl” and “Chess.”