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TALE OF TWO CITIES
at the Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota, Florida

WHAT, THE DICKENS?
By David Lefkowitz


Remember that "Tale of Two Cities" musical that had announced Broadway plans for last year? The one by someone you never heard of? The one you never expected to hear about again?

It's back...and it's coming to Florida, with Broadway still in its sights.

A Tale of Two Cities, with book, music and lyrics by Jill Santoriello, will have its world premiere at Florida's Asolo Repertory Theater, Oct. 19-Nov. 18. Michael Donald Edwards directs, with Barbra Russell and Ron Sharpe (of Russell-Sharpe Productions) and Sharon A. Fordham producing.

Veteran designers Tony Walton and Christopher Akerlind have been tapped for Cities' set and lighting, respectively, but perhaps the best-known member of the behind-the-scenes team is Thommie Walsh. He played Bobby in the original Chorus Line, played an apostle in the "Jesus Christ Superstar" film, and went on to become a choreographer, mentored at first by Tommy Tune (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, My One and Only, Nine) and finally on his own in 1993's My Favorite Year. Since then, Walsh's credits have included the 2005 off-Broadway revue, A Broadway Diva Christmas, and, according to his website, directing a 2006 backer's staging of Idaho!: The Comedy Musical.

Director Edwards is in his first season as artistic director of Asolo Rep after years of helming shows regionally and serving as associate artistic director of Syracuse Stage. This will be author Santoriello's first show, though far, far from the first musical to be made from a Charles Dickens novel; that list includes A Christmas Carol, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby.

 

 


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