Monday, January 16, 2012

Julie Andrews to Direct Mousical Musical

Goodspeed Musicals has announced that stage and screen legend Julie Andrews will direct their upcoming production of The Great American Mousical, which is based on a best-selling children's book Andrews wrote with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. The show will run from November 8th through December 2nd at Goodspeed's new work playhouse, the Norma Terris Theatre, in Chester, CT.

Here's how the two-time Tony Award-winning resident theatre bills the new work: "Below the bright lights of Broadway, in the depths of the historic Sovereign Theatre, a troupe of musical-making mice rehearse a new show. When the theatre is threatened by demolition and their diva Adelaide disappears, it will take all paws on deck to fulfill the time-honored tradition: the show must go on! Filled with singing, dancing, and show biz lore, The Great American Mousical is a tribute to life in the theatre and celebrates the two most glorious words in the English language: musical comedy!"

According to's Kenneth Jones, "The Great American Mousical features music by composer Zina Goldrich and lyrics by Marcy Heisler, a book by Tony nominee Hunter Bell, choreography by Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli, and sets and costumes designed by Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award winner Tony Walton, who illustrated the earlier book. Expect the show to 'entertain adults with its wit and musical theatre history,' according to Goodspeed. 'Kids will fall in love with the wonderful characters that inhabit the Sovereign Theatre.'"

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