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Manhattan Club looks ‘Up Here’

Theater adds Flahive play to current lineup

Manhattan Theater Club has added the world premiere of “From Up Here,” a new American play by Liz Flahive, to its current season lineup, replacing Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Starry Messenger,” with Matthew Broderick, which has been delayed a second time.

Lonergan’s play about an astronomer with a troubled personal life was originally planned to premiere in the 2006-07 season at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater before segueing to Broadway. That schedule fell apart due to Lonergan’s continuing work at that time on his feature film “Margaret,” which is on Fox Searchlight’s roster for 2008.

“Messenger” was then rescheduled to open Off Broadway in MTC’s City Center space next February, with Lonergan directing and Broderick still attached to star. However, the company recently announced that scheduling conflicts made it impossible to proceed in the allotted timeslot. No future plans for the production have been announced.

Flahive’s play was picked up to fill the scheduling gap after a reading as part of Gotham theater, comedy and music house Ars Nova’s Out Loud workshop series for emerging playwrights. Set to begin previews March 27 at City Center Stage I for an April 16 opening, the MTC production will be presented in association with Ars Nova.

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