Word is that the Washington DC-area Signature Theatre is "aiming" for its first-ever transfer to Broadway.
Earlier this year, Signature's artistic director and founder Eric Schaeffer helmed Glory Days, a little musical by real-life buds Nick Blamiere and James Gardiner about four friends' experience one year beyond high school.
Now, barely a month after its one-month world premiere Signature engagement concluded, Glory Days could be resurrected for a Broadway berth at the Circle in the Square just in time for the final days of the 2007-08 Theatrical Season and possible contention in the Tonys.
Clearly proud of the young talent behind the show, Schaeffer affectionately wrote this about the musical:
Broadway is overcrowded with movie and book adaptations, with barely an original musical in sight. I am proud of Signature's commitment and support of new works and young writers. Too often in today's world of theater, few are given the chance — or the encouragement -- to find their own voices. I am proud to have encouraged and inspired the talent you will be witnessing.So now in a season originally hamstrung by disappointing big musicals, it turns out that with Xanadu, Passing Strange, In The Heights and now Glory Days, this is quickly becoming the year of the little musical with oversized hearts. And for three out of four to be completely original, suddenly creativity is alive and well and welcome once more.
So tonight, enjoy these fresh, new voices as we keep original theater alive. I could not be more proud of the exciting work that has been produced on the Signature stages this season.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).