‘Capeman’ goes Public

Variety reports on the forthcoming concert of songs from Simon and Walcott’s “The Capeman:

The Public Theater will revive Paul Simon tuner “The Capeman” for a three-perf concert production at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Aug. 14-16. Show will be helmed by Diane Paulus, who directed the current Broadway revival of “Hair,” which also began as a Delacorte concert.

The 1998 show, which features a score by Simon and book by Derek Walcott, is based on a 1959 incident involving gang member Salvador Agron, who murdered two teenagers after mistaking them for gang rivals.

Original production opened at Broadway’s Marquis after more than nine years of development; show, which tracks Agron’s reformation, sparked protests from his victims’ families and flopped, reportedly losing its $11 million capitalization. It was notable for the Rialto debuts of Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades.

Simon has resuscitated the score in other venues since its Broadway run. The concert will be choreographed by Sergio Trujilo with Oscar Hernandez conducting a 12-piece orchestra.
For the original Variety report go to http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118019303.html?categoryId=4028&cs=1

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