Lyric Stage Gives 2006-2007 Season Preview

Following what Lyric Stage Company officials term "the most successful and highest-attended season in its 32-year history," the company has announces three of the seven shows in its 2006-2007 Season. They include: the Tony Award-winning musical "1776" by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards; the New England premiere of "Nine Parts of Desire," a powerful new play by Heather Raffo that explores the lives of Iraqi women; and the New England premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s dynamic new musical "See What I Wanna See," which premiered last fall at the Public Theater in New York.
“I am pleased to continue the adventurous programming of our current season into next year, and am certain that these shows will capture the imagination of our audience as this year's shows have,” says Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos

“We are working hard to finalize the season and ensure that we have the right mix of new work, musicals, comedy, and drama – shows that will continue to challenge, entertain, and provoke our audience.” 

Four more selections will be announced shortly to complete the season. Performance dates for all seven productions will be announced at that time.

2006-2007 Season Details

Music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone
Directed by Spiro Veloudos
Musical Direction by Jonathan Goldberg
Choreography by Ilyse Robbins
It's the sweltering summer of 1776, and the second Congressional Congress has convened to discuss, argue about and vote on declaring independence from the tyranny of Britain.  Massachusetts’ own John Adams – obnoxious, disliked, compelling and heroic – must convince his peers to take this bold step using sheer determination and power of persuasion.  Told with humor, wit, powerful emotions and wonderful songs, "1776" is a stirring celebration of our nation's birth and the passion, patriotism and courage of our founding fathers. 
"Nine Parts of Desire"
by Heather Raffo
Iraqi-American journalist, playwright and actor Heather Raffo spent eleven years conducting dozens of interviews with a cross-section of Iraqi women. Her resulting play lifts the veil on exactly what it means to be a woman in the age-old war zone that is Iraq.  The powerful and heartbreaking stories of survival of these Iraqi women will forever change your view on the politics and people of the Middle East.
"See What I Wanna See"
Words and music by Michael John LaChiusa
Directed by Stephen Terrell
Two adulterous lovers.  A mysterious murder in Central Park.  The miracle of a devastated city's rebirth.  Based on three short stories by the Japanese writer Ryonosuke Akutgawa, "See What I Wanna See" is a fascinating and provocative exploration of truth and our subjective perceptions of the world, complete with a lush, contemporary and jazzy score from Michael John LaChiusa (Broadway’s "The Wild Party," "Hello Again"), one of the country's most admired and most discussed theatre artists.

Season ticket packages (7 shows) are now on sale at the Lyric Stage Company Box Office at 140 Clarendon Street and by phone at 617-585-5678.  Additional information can be found at

-- OnStage Boston


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