Julie Andrews will direct a new musical, "The Great American Mousical," based on a children's book the award-winning actress wrote with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton.
The show will receive a workshop production Nov. 8 to Dec. 2 at
The book turned out to be a famiy affair, with illustrations by Tony Walton, Hamilton's father and Andrews' former husband. The Oscar, Emmy and
Tony Award nominee Hunter Bell ("[title of show]," "Silence! The Musical") will write the script with music by Zina Goldrich and lyrics by Marcy Heisler. Choreography will be by Tony Award-nominee Christopher Gattelli.
The book's story is described: "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!"
This is not the first time Goodspeed produced a family-friendly show based on an animal story. It produced "Jim Henson's Emmet Otter" several years ago.
Andrews, 76, previously staged a revival of the musical "The Boy Friend" at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam in 2005. It later toured during the 2005-06 season at various presenting houses. Andrews made her Broadway debut in the original production in 1954 when she was 19. Her other Broadway credits are "My Fair Lady," "Camelot" and 1995's "Victor Victoiria." She also appeared in off-Broadway's 1993 Stephen Sondheim review "Putting It Together."
She also recveived
Hamilton is a best-selling children's book author, professional editor and arts educator. She co-founded the
"Emma, Tony and I had so much fun working on this book and are now overjoyed that it will come alive on the stage," said Andrews in a statement. "I'm so blessed to be working with this creative team in adapting our book for the theatre."
The show is expected to be the third show and final show slated for 2012.
Season tickets will be available beginning Monday, Jan. 16 through the Goodspeed Opera House Box Office. Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 25. Information: 860.873.8668 or www.goodspeed.org.
Goldrich, along with longtime lyricist Heisler, is currently working on the musical adaptation of "Ever After" with director
Heisler, with composer Goldrich, was named the 2009 winner of the Fred Ebb Award for outstanding songwriting. Off-Broadway credits include "Dear Edwina," and "Junie B Jones." Her many lyric projects include work for
The Obie Award-winning Bell's other credits include: "Bellobration!" (Ringling Bros. Circus); "Now. Here. This;" and" Villains Tonight!" for the
Gattelli’s Broadway choreography credits include the current revival of "Godspell" and the upcoming "
As director he helmed "Silence! The Musical," the world premiere of "Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas," and the world premiere of "Radio Girl," both with Goodspeed Musicals.