The Public Theater will open its 2014-2015 season not on one of its storied stages but in the intimacy of Joe’s Pub beginning September 9 with Rock Bottom, the latest new musical from the producer of Here Lies Love, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Fun Home (not to mention A Chorus Line), among other new works.
Bridget Everett (2007′s At Least It’s Pink, Inside Amy Schumer, Two Broke Girls) has teamed with Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Hairspray, etc.), Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz and Matt Ray on the show, described by the Public as the story of ”what happens when you’re too passionate to give up, and too big to fail. In it, Everett barrels through life tip-toeing toward disaster, wine bottle by wine bottle and man by man. However, instead of succumbing to a chardonnay-induced stupor, Everett embraces a series of revelations that lead her and her voice of an angel to redemption.”
The show features new songs written with Shaiman, Wittman, Ray and Horovitz, as well as numbers from Everett’s monthly showcase with her band The Tender Moments (for which Horovitz plays bass) at Joe’s Pub. Rock Bottom is slated to run through October 11, with an official opening set for September 17.
Veteran songsmiths Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have hooked up with Creative Artists Agency, which will will be looking for projects in theater, film and television. CAA will work with Kraft-Engel, Shaiman’s rep in film and TV, on projects in those domains.
Kraft-Engel Management continue to be an integral part of the Marc Shaiman team and will also manage him in his theatre business.
Duo won Tony, Grammy and Olivier prizes for their score to the 2002 Broadway and London blockbuster tuner Hairspray, which went on to become a Top Ten-grossing movie musical. The pro- and private team also scored the NBC backstage Broadway melodrama Smash, for which they received Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe noms. They were Tony-nominated for their underrated score for the stage adaptation of Catch Me If You Can, and Olivier nominated for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, currently running on the West End.
On his own, Shaiman has Oscar nods for work on South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut; Patch Adams; Sleepless In Seattle and other work. He won an Emmy as co-writer of Billy Crystal‘s Oscar hosting and received the 2007 Henry Mancini Award. Wittman’s credits include multiple collaborations with Bette Midler, Dame Edna and others. He was the creative force behind Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Shaiman and Wittman’s attorney is Mark Sendroff of Sendroff & Baruch.