‘Havana’ sets sights on Broadway

Musical aims for 2010-11 season

New tuner “Havana” is mapping out a plan for Broadway, with producers announcing they aim to get the show to Gotham during the 2010-11 season.

With music by Frank Wildhorn (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Civil War”), lyrics by frequent Wildhorn collaborator Jack Murphy and book by Nilo Cruz (2003 Pulitzer winner for “Anna in the Tropics”), “Havana” will have its recently confirmed world preem at the Pasadena Playhouse in June 2010.

Choreographer Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys,” upcoming tuners “The Addams Family” and “Memphis”) will make his helming debut with “Havana,” which he also will choreograph.

Set in 1958 Cuba — just before Fidel Castro rose to power — “Havana” centers on a writer tempted by the titular city when she travels there to sell off the nightclub and home she has inherited from an aunt. (Story is not based on the 1990 Universal pic also called “Havana.”)

Musical is the second from Wildhorn to preem out-of-town in the coming months, with “Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventure” (with book and lyrics by Murphy) bowing in Tampa in December and then playing a stint in Houston in January.

Cruz recently showcased developing play “The Color of Desire” in a workshop at the summer playwrights conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Design team for “Havana” will likely include Scott Pask (sets), Natasha Katz (lights) and Lizzy Gardiner (costumes), all in discussions to join the project.

Show is produced by Kathleen Raitt, Willian Franzblau/Jay Harris, Ben Sprecher/Louise Forlenza and Steven E. Leber/Jordan Leber. Tuner will have an industry reading in Gotham this week.

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