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Liz Mikel in \"Give it Up!\" at the Dallas Theater Center. The show is now called \"Lysistrata Jones\" and is opening on Broadway Dec. 14.

Lysistrata Jones Books Broadway

The Dallas-born musical will open in October at the Walter Kerr Theater.



published Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lysistrata Jones, the Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn musical that began at the Dallas Theater Center as Give It Up! in early 2010, is officially transferring to Broadway, according to the New York Times. The show is set to open on Dec. 14, with previews starting Nov. 12 at the Walter Kerr Theater. Here's the show's official website.

Although casting has not officially been announced yet, signs seem to indicate that Dallas' Liz Mikel, who was in the Dallas incarnation and the off-Broadway production from the Transport Group this spring, will be moving with it to the Great White Way (that is, if Facebook is to be believed).

The musical is a contemporary take on Aristophanes' anti-war classic Lysistrata, set at the fictional Athens College, and involves cheerleaders setting some rules for the basketball players. When the show had its world premiere in Dallas, Andrew Rannells was one of the b-ballers. He was recently Tony-nominated as one of the co-stars of The Book of Mormon. Beane is also currently represented on Broadway with the musical Sister Act.

Lysistrata Jones is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges, who also did those duties in Dallas. The NYT gave the show a good review and loved Mikel when it was off-Broadway, although some reviews were not as positive. (It's painful to bring up for some of us, who didn't care for the show in Dallas.)

We wish the cast and Mikel, who is a member of the Dallas Theater Center's Diane and Hal Brierley Acting Company, all the best.

Incidentally, there's another Broadway-aimed show that also features a DTC company member. That would be Cedric Neal, who plays Frazier in The Gerswhins' Porgy and Bess, which is soon opening at American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts. It is scheduled to begin previews on Dec. 17 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, opening Jan. 14, 2012.

Looks like an NYC roadtrip is mandatory. Thanks For Reading





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