Broadway comes to Tuscaloosa with The Countess of Storyville

UA Theatre & Dance in association with Margot Astrachan proudly present the world premiere of The Countess of Storyville, opening February 16th in the Marian Gallaway Theatre. This new American Musical cloaked in mystery and steeped in politics follows a wealthy and beautiful woman’s return from Paris to operate a “Maison de Joie” in Storyville, the red light district of 1910 New Orleans.

What makes this production so unique is that it is a collaboration between Broadway professionals, UA Theatre & Dance and the Tuscaloosa community. This musical is being groomed for Broadway comes Tuscaloosa with The Countess of Storyville

the Broadway stage and is a wonderful opportunity to see the stars of today and tomorrow.

No stranger to Broadway, producer Margot Astrachan has been involved with numerous productions including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the recipient of the prestigious Tony Award for Best Musical in 2014.

Fascinated by the beautiful score, interesting characters and the real events of Storyville, she has been driven for two years to make this production become a reality. When an opportunity to develop it at The University of Alabama became an option, it seemed like a win-win for all. “I think we have an extraordinary opportunity to develop a big, original, sweeping musical with the luxury of time to work and the wonderful resources of the University, “ Astrachan commented.

Book: R.M. Cohen
Music: Martin Silvestri
Lyrics: Joel Higgins
Director: Mark Waldrop
Creative Consultant: Red Awning/Jack Viertel
Choreographer Denis Jones
Music Director: Jason Yarcho
Orchestrator: David Siegel

Tickets are $14 for students, $17 for seniors and UA faculty and staff, and $20 for adults. They are available in Rowand-Johnson Hall at the ticket office in the front lobby, by phone at (205) 348-3400 or online at

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