‘Pocket’ jazzed for 2006

Coleman tuner in the 'Pocket'

“In the Pocket” is the new name for the new tuner by the late Cy Coleman. Set to open on Broadway in spring 2006, the show was called “Like Jazz” in its world-premiere staging last season at the Mark Taper Forum.

“In the Pocket” is jazz slang for when a band’s rhythm section really grooves, as in, “They were really in the pocket tonight.”

The composer of “Sweet Charity” and “City of Angels” wrote the musical about jazz musicians with book writer Larry Gelbart and lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Coleman died Nov. 18.

Transamerica, which put enhancement money in the Taper production, will produce “In the Pocket” on Broadway. Exec producer is Rudy Durand.

Dirk Decloedt and Maurice Hines have been announced as the director and choreographer, respectively, on “In the Pocket.” Decloedt, best known for his work with Cirque du Soleil and Celine Dion, will make his Broadway debut with the musical. Gordon Davidson directed “Like Jazz” in Los Angeles.

Last year, Alan Bergman told Daily Variety that the show is “not a book musical or a revue or a concert but rather a new idiom.” He called this new version “totally different” from what L.A. auds saw. “It is not historical. It lets us visit the world inhabited by jazz musicians and their lives and the lives they touch.”

No out-of-town tryout is planned for “In the Pocket.” Gelbart declared, “The score is complete.”

Transamerica is represented on Broadway with “Brooklyn,” which marked the org’s return to show business. The financial company at one time owned United Artists.

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On Wednesday, Twyla Tharp previewed selections of her new dance show for the Nederlanders in New York City. The untitled project is based on the music of Bob Dylan. Her “Movin’ Out,” which sets Billy Joel songs to dance, continues in its third year on Broadway and in its national tour.

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