Goodspeed has ‘Amour’ for Griffin

Proceeds from the gala support Goodspeed Musicals

Gary Griffin will direct “Amour” for Goodspeed Musicals, running Aug. 4-28 at the Norma Terris Theater in Chester, Conn.

Goodspeed’s reconceived production of the tuner has music by Michel Legrand, French libretto by Didier van Cauwelaert and English lyrics by Jeremy Sams. A flop on Broadway in 2002, it was adapted from Marcel Ayme’s “Le Passe-Murraille,” about an unassuming civil servant in 1950s Paris who finds he has the uncanny ability to walk through walls.

Griffin, associate artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, is directing Broadway-bound tuner “The Color Purple,” opening this spring. He received Chi’s Joseph Jefferson Awards for his productions of “The Sum of Us,” “Stand Up Tragedy,” “Assassins,” “Putting It Together” and “A Little Night Music.”

In other Goodspeed news, Julie Andrews will receive the Goodspeed Award for outstanding contribution to musical theater at a gala on June 11. Previous recipients of the award include Tommy Tune, Susan Stroman and Ira Gershwin.

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Proceeds from the gala support Goodspeed Musicals and its Max Showalter Center for Education in the Musical Theater.

Andrews will direct Goodspeed’s production of “The Boy Friend” July 8-Sept. 18 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. She helmed the tuner last summer in Sag Harbor, and an eight-city tour is planned after the Goodspeed stand.

Chairing the gala event are John Barlow and Scott Rudin.