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Duo in ‘Heaven’ onstage

Cooper, Gibson star in new tuner

Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (“The Life”) and Deborah Gibson will star in a new musical, “Saint Heaven,” a six-hander receiving its world preem at the Stamford (Conn.) Center for the Arts’ Rich Forum June 1-11.

Show, produced by Van Hill Entertainment, also features Cheryl Alexander, Montego Glover, Darren Ritchie and Patrick Ryan Sullivan.

Matt Lenz, resident director of Broadway’s “Beauty and the Beast,” helms.

Book by Martin Casella (Goodspeed Musical’s “Paper Moon”) is based on a story by Steve Lyons. Music and lyrics are by Keith Gordon.

Show, which features a four-piece combo, centers on a young doctor who returns to his hometown of St. Heaven, Ky., for his father’s funeral. His plans to leave are complicated when he meets and falls in love with a young black woman who has the gift of speaking in tongues.

“Saint Heaven” is part of SCA Stages, which supports new work in all stages of development.

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