by Moss Hart, Adapted and Directed by James Lapine
LCT's Beaumont Theater, beginning March 20, 2014
James Lapine will direct his own adaptation of Moss Hart's classic autobiography which eloquently chronicles the playwright/director's impoverished childhood and his determined struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theater which led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman and their, culminating with his first great success,Once In A Lifetime. Act One will have sets by Beowolf Boritt, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Ken Billington, original music by Jeanine Tesori and sound by Daniel Moses Schrier.
James Lapine returns to LCT where he wrote the book for the musical A New Brain (with music and lyrics by William Finn) and directed his play Twelve Dreams. Director of the current Broadway revival of Annie, he collaborated with Stephen Sondheim as author and director on the musicalsSunday in the Park with George (Pulitzer Prize), Into the Woods, Passion (Tony Award) and the multi-media revueSondheim on Sondheim. With William Finn he has also collaborated on March of the Falsettos and, Falsettoland(later presented on Broadway as Falsettos), Muscle and the upcoming Little Miss Sunshine. On Broadway he also directed Golden Child, The Diary of Anne Frank, Amourand The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His other plays include Luck, Pluck and Virtue, The Moment When, Fran's Bed and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.
After their first collaboration on Once In A Lifetime, Moss Hart continued his collaboration with George S. Kaufman on a series of now classic comedies which include The Man Who Came To Dinner and You Can't Take It With You, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Hart's solo works as a writer included the play Light Up The Sky, the book for the musicalLady in the Dark and the screenplays for the filmsGentleman's Agreement (Academy Award nomination), Hans Christian Anderson and the 1954 version of A Star Is Born which starred Judy Garland. As a director his credits include two legendary Broadway musicals My Fair Lady andCamelot. Originally published in 1959, Act One was an extremely popular memoir. The landmark work, deemed one of the finest books about 20th-century American theater, quickly reached the top of best-seller lists and remained there for almost a year.
Complete casting and design team will be announced at a later date.
Until the play is published you might enjoy the autobiography (one of our favorite theatre books)