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Schwartz picks ‘Flower’

Composer signs on as commercial producer

“Wicked” composer Stephen Schwartz has signed on as a commercial producer attached to “The Blue Flower,” the multimedia tuner gearing up for a run at Boston’s American Repertory Theater later this year.

Andrew Levine of Flying Machine Prods. and Tate Theatrics’ Steve Tate also are on board the project, which ART is presenting by special arrangement with the trio. Producers are kicking in enhancement money — Tate wouldn’t specify a sum — for the Boston staging.

Musical created by musician Jim Bauer and visual artist Ruth Bauer follows the tangled love interests of three artists and a scientist, spanning from Belle Epoque Paris to 1950s America.

Show has been developed as part of the ASCAP Foundation Workshop (where Schwartz became acquainted with the project) and has since been seen in Gotham as part of the 2004 New York Musical Theater Festival and in a 2008 production from Prospect Theater Company.

“Blue Flower” is the first legit producing gig for Schwartz, whose 1970 tuner “Godspell” will be revived on Broadway next year. Trio of producers anticipate a future life for “Flower,” but where the project lands next remains up in the air.

ART staging of “Blue Flower” begins perfs Dec. 1.

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