“The Adding Machine: A Chamber Musical” will land off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theater in February.
Adapted from Elmer Rice’s 1923 play, oft-mentioned as an example of American Expressionism, operatic tuner follows an everyman anti-hero named Mr. Zero, who finds his job replaced by the new tool of the title and then promptly offs his boss. Show preemed at the small Next Theater in Evanston, Ill. in February and drew critical raves, including one from The New York Times.
Joshua Schmidt wrote the eclectic score and collaborated on the libretto with Next’s artistic director Jason Loewith.
Scott Morfee of Barrow Street Theater will produce the Gotham incarnation with most of the original creative team intact. David Cromer (“Orson’s Shadow”) again directs, with original starring trio of Joel Hatch, Amy Warren, and Cyrilla Baer expected to sign on as well. Show will get a new set design from Takeshi Kata (“The Pavilion,” “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow”).
Tuner reps one more in a flurry of recent shows initiated in Chicago to travel to New York. Steppenwolf has brought “August: Osage County” to the Rialto (currently stalled by the stagehands’ strike), as well as “When the Messenger is Hot” to 59E59. That latter venue has even created a “Go Chicago” festival that includes its current tenant “Crime and Punishment” from Writers’ Theater in Glencoe, Ill., and, in December, “The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide” from Chi-town company The Hypocrites.