LCT finds ‘Happiness’

'Contact' team reunite for new musical

Lincoln Center Theater reunites with helmer-choreographer Susan Stroman and book writer John Weidman, the duo behind Tony-winning tuner “Contact,” for the spring preem of new musical “Happiness.”

The musical will open on LCT’s Off Broadway stage, the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

“Saturn Returns,” a new play by Noah Haidle (“Mr. Marmalade”), bows in the theater in the fall.

With music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie — the team who wrote the tunes for “Grey Gardens” — “Happiness” follows a group of New Yorkers caught on a subway train in an unusual situation. LCT hosted a developmental reading of the tuner in May with a cast that included Norbert Leo Butz, Horatio Sanz and Jennifer Laura Thompson.

Stroman (“The Producers,” “Young Frankenstein”) and Weidman previously collaborated at LCT on the 2000 dance-ical “Contact,” which went on to win the top-tuner Tony.

Design team of “Happiness” includes Thomas Lynch (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and Scott Lehrer (sound).

“Saturn,” helmed by Nicholas Martin (“Butley”), centers on the confrontations between one man, played by a different actor for each of three stages of the character’s life; and three women, all played by the same actress.

Production will be designed by Ralph Funicello (sets), Robert Morgan (costumes) and Mark Bennett (original music and sound).

“Saturn” begins previews at the Newhouse Oct. 16 ahead of a Nov. 10 opening, while the exact timeline for “Happiness,” aiming for early spring, has not been determined.

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