All That Glitters: Liberace musical on B'way
The musical All That Glitters, an unauthorized biography of Liberace, is to arrive on Broadway in Dec 2014, playing at a theatre to be announced. Directed and choreographed by Alexander deJong, the show features music and lyrics by deJong, book by deJong and James A. Walsh, and additional music by Tom Nelson.
Wladziu Valentino Liberace will be played by three men. Richard Kline ("Three's Company") will play him as the emotionally wrecked superstar who reinvented television, kidnapped Las Vegas and unapologetically cleaned up financially in Europe. Final decisions are still to be made as to the two men who will play the maestro as a child prodigy in Milwaukee and as the young man who ascended to stardom.
Launching with the nearly mythical audition by a ten-year-old Liberace on the great stage of the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, All That Glitters follows the extravagant stars career, looking at his relationships with his father who broke his heart, his mother who smothered his soul, and is boyfriends who ruined his life, through to the fateful day his secretary receives a phone call saying, "This is the Doctor's office, the blood-test results are in and the Doctor would like to see Mr. Liberace right away."
The creative team features costumes by Bob Mackie, scenery by John Arnone, lighting by Howell Binkley and musical and vocal supervision by Jack Lee.
All That Glitters will have a pre-Broadway run in Toronto in 2014, dates and theatre to be announced.
Richard Kline (Liberace) is known for playing the sleazy neighbor and used car salesman, "Larry Dallas," on the sitcom, "Three's Company." His Broadway credits include 'November,' 'City of Angels,' 'The Crucible,' 'Twelfth Night,' 'Narrow Road to the Deep North' and 'Mary Stuart.'
Alexander deJong recently directed the staged readings of 'Zarrz, Unmasked at Last,' a new musical comedy in development, starring Chita Rivera, for which deJong also wrote the book, music and lyrics. deJong was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning revival of '42nd Street' on Broadway, and has also appeared on Broadway in 'My Fair Lady' with Richard Chamberlain.Richard Kline as Liberace
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