Stage musical to be made from 1988 film 'Madame Sousatzka'

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — A musical based on the 1988 Shirley MacLaine film "Madame Sousatzka" is hoping it can make it to Broadway.

Producer Garth Drabinsky said Wednesday the show "Sousatzka" has songs by the composer-lyricist team of David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr., whose Broadway shows include 1996's "Big."

It will star Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark, Tony-nominee Montego Glover and Tony-winner Judy Kaye. Previews start in February at Toronto's Elgin Theatre.

Drabinsky, the producer of "Ragtime," served time in a Canadian prison for fraud.

The new musical's story charts the relationship between an eccentric London-based piano teacher and her pupil, a 15-year-old boy of exceptional talent.

The musical will be directed by Adrian Noble and has a book by Craig Lucas, who wrote the story for "An American in Paris."