Yesterday came news from Roundabout Theatre Company that yet another new musical would open cold on Broadway without the benefit of any tryout somewhere else. This time, it's one with Tony-winning actress Donna Murphy called The People In The Picture about a Holocaust survivor.
Directed by Leonard Foglia, the tuner is the work of Iris Rainer Dart ("Beaches"), who has written both the book and lyrics. Music from Mike Stoller and Artie Butler will also be used, although it's not immediately clear if their familiar tunes are simply being incorporated into the musical, matched with Rainer Dart's lyrics or if they've written something new altogether.
Roundabout describes the show as follows:
Once the darling of the Yiddish Theatre in pre-war Poland, now a grandmother in New York City, Bubbie (Murphy) has had quite a life. But what will it all mean if she can't pass on her stories to the next generation? Though her granddaughter is enchanted by her tales, her daughter Red will do anything to keep from looking back. A fiercely funny and deeply moving new musical that spans three generations, The People In The Picture celebrates the importance of learning from our past, and the power of laughter.
Given Rainer Dart's most prominent writing credit, I have little doubt that this could very well be the weepiest entry into this Broadway season. But say what you will, it'll be very nice to have Murphy back on the boards again.
The People In The Picture is slated to begin previews at the American Airlines Theatre on April 1, 2011. The limited run will open on the cusp of Tony eligibility (April 28) and conclude performances on June 19.
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