It may be a long way’s off, but the Public Theater is already constructing its 2014-15 season, which will include the brand new musical The Fortress of Solitude.
With music and lyrics by Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and a book by Itamar Moses, the new show will first premiere at Dallas Theater Center in March 2014 in anticipation of a New York transfer to the Public. The musical is based on the bestselling novel by Jonathan Lethem.
Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews), The Fortress of Solitude follows two boys growing up in 1970s America. The show tells the story of prison and college, Brooklyn and Berkeley, soul and rap, murder and redemption, and what happens if two teenage boys obsessed with comic books actually had superpowers.
The Public’s 2012-2013 season is in top form, with Neva and Detroit ‘67 currently running at Astor Place and a new slate of shows—Here Lies Love, Venice and Old-Fashioned Prostitutes (A True Romance)—premiering in the coming months. The company also recently announced its summer Shakespeare in the Park program, which will feature a musical adaptation of Love's Labour Lost and The Comedy of Errors.