MINETTA LANE THEATRE
PREVIEWS BEGIN APRIL 3
WRITTEN BY A BRITISH & AMERICAN TEAM
PRODUCED BY AWARD-WINNING FILM & THEATRE VETERANS
DIRECTED BY MITCHELL MAXWELL
When “THE CITY CLUB” premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival it caused a sensation, excitement and generated as much financial interest.
Fast-tracked by both audience and critical acclaim, “THE CITY CLUB” will open at Off-Broadway’s premiere house, the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane - one block south of West 3rd Street between MacDougal Street and Sixth Avenue) on MONDAY, APRIL 23rd.
All Preview performances, which begin on TUESDAY, APRIL 3 and continue through SUNDAY, APRIL 22, are priced at $39.50.
Written by a British and American team (Composer/Lyricists JAMES COMPTON, TONY DEMEUR and TIM BROWN; Author GLENN M. STEWART) the musical is being directed by MITCHELL MAXWELL.
Choreographed by LORIN LATARRO, “THE CITY CLUB” is being designed by ROB BISSINGER (Scenery), DAVID C. WOOLARD (Costumes), DAVID F. SEGAL (Lighting) and CARL CASELLA (Sound).
The musical is being produced Off-Broadway by THE CITY CLUB DEVELOPMENT, LLC, an entertainment limited partnership whose principals have ben responsible for seventeen (17) films as well as fifty (50) theatrical productions on and off Broadway, London’s West End ad International and National Tours.
CAROL CASTELLI, a long-time Executive at the Walt Disney Company, will serve as General Manager.
ABOUT “THE CITY CLUB”
“THE CITY CLUB” is a twisting noir morality tale of intrigue, murder, corruption and sex supported by one of the most seductive blues and jazz scores written for the stage in decades. It is the story of CHARLES “CHAZ” DAVENPORT, a young privileged scion of a spectacularly corrupt family whose vice grip on their city is as tight as it is inescapable. The sins of the father have visited unimaginable wealth on the son. Obsessed with music and the people who write it, play it, sing it and worship it; Chaz has opened The City Club, a Mecca of pure and unbridled musical genius, opportunity and escape. The club’s instant success attracts his father’s enemies who bring with them extremely creative and very effective revenge tactics.
The universe inside the club spirals as low as city outside. Absinthe becomes the drink of choice, heroine the desired high and women the most valuable form of currency. What we have here is the forces of good and evil battling it out to a great score.
The city’s name has been withheld to protect the indicted.
ABOUT THE SETTING
It’s 1934. The Twenty-First Amendment just ended Prohibition; tuition to Harvard University is $410.00 per year; the FBI has recently ended the careers of John Dillinger, Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson; the drought problems in the Midwest have utterly destroyed over 35 million acres of farmland with another 225 million acres in danger; France is on the verge of civil war; Mao Zedong is on the march; Hitler is elected to the German presidency but retains the title of führer; Puerto Rico is insisting on statehood; the Dionne quintuplets are born in Ontario; Congress creates the FCC; Al Capp creates ‘Li’l Abner’; F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes ‘Tender Is the Night’; Fanny Brice opens in ‘The New Ziegfeld Follies’ at the Winter Garden Theatre; the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series and over 10,000 African-Americans leave Mississippi Delta on the Illinois Central Railroad for the North where they arrive with their music – the Blues - the singularly most influential style of music within the last 100 years.
It is the fusion of the Blues with the North’s Jazz that most energizes this musical.
MINETTA LANE THEATRE
18 Minetta Lane
(one block South of West 3rd Street between MacDougal Street and Sixth Avenue)
By Bus: Take the M3, M5 or M10.
By Subway: Take the A, B, C, D, E, F, or V train to West 4th Street
or the 1 to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square.
The Minetta Garage is located just around the corner from the theatre,
one block north on West 3rd Street between Sixth Avenue and MacDougal Street.
THE PLAYING SCHEDULE
Tuesdays at 7:00pm
Wednesdays through Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm & 7:00pm
$55 - $90
$25 RUSH: (Day Of - Box Office Only Sales – With Valid Student ID)
SPECIAL PREVIEW PERFORMANCE TICKETS
All Preview Days: All seats $39.50; rush will be available during previews as well for $25 (Day Of - Box Office Only Sales – With Valid Student ID)