by Curt Holman
More news for the 2008-2009 theatrical season:
First, the Alliance Theatre has announced that it will not present the world premiere musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County next year. Horror novelist Stephen King reportedly will not have the book finished in time for the period-piece show, which will feature music by John Mellencamp. (And here I thought King was Mr. Prolific.) The Alliance plans to stage the show in 2009-2010 instead, and hopes to announce a replacement show soon.
Second, Actor's Express has not officially announced its 21st anniversary season for 2008-2009 , but at Sunday night's premiere of Some Men (which, incidentally, is really good), artistic director Freddie Ashley let the cats out of the bag. Don't tell anyone:
Finn in the Underworld, an erotic thriller and ghost story by Jordan Harrison;
The New Century, a comedy by Jeffrey playwright Paul Rudnick;
Mauritious, a twisty drama by Theresa Rebeck, who penned the comedy Bad Dates (recently produced at Horizon Theatre);
Suddenly, Last Summer, the classic psychosexual drama by Tennessee Williams; and
Zanna, Don't, a"musical fairy tale" about an all-gay high school (with a title that puns on "Xanadu").
Finally, Georgia Ensemble Theatre has announced its 2008-2009 season which includes Lying in State (a political comedy involving a dead body); I Do, I Do (the 50-year marital musical from the creators of The Fantasticks); Southern Comfort (a remount of this year's Theatrical Outfit production of the romantic comedy, bringing back actors Jill Jane Clements and Steve Coulter as a couple who find romance in their autumn years); a show to be announced; and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (which features 20 songs by the famed rock pioneer with the huge glasses).