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Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton & T.R. Knight to Star in Screen Adaptation of Hello Again

Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton & T.R. Knight to Star in Screen Adaptation of Hello Again

Audra McDonald Martha Plimpton TR Knight Hello Again Musical Adaptation

Michael John LaChiusa’s hit chamber musical is about lust in the 20th century.

It was announced today that Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight will star in the screen adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa's chamber musical Hello Again to be directed by Tom Gustafson (Mariachi Gringo, Were the World Mine) from a screenplay by Cory Krueckeberg. The star-studded cast will also include Rumer Willis, Jenna Ushkowitz, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Underwood, Tyler Blackburn Little, and Al Calderon.

Hello Again is inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's 1900 play La Ronde, and in LaChiusa's version as a sung-through musical, it "follows 10 lost souls who skip across 10 periods in New York City history, slipping in and out of one another's arms and beds in a daisy-chained exploration of lust's bittersweet embrace of love," according to press notes. As Ben Brantley wrote for the New York Times in response to a 2011 stage revival of the musical: "Such time traveling allows Mr. LaChiusa to weave witty period homages into a melancholy, swirling, key-shifting score, with nods to Offenbach, Glenn Miller, Irving Berlin and disco anthems, among many others."

The musical was originally produced by Lincoln Center Theatre in 1994, and it was nominated for eight Drama Desks. Since then, Hello Again has been performed around the world (and in several languages). LaChiusa has also written a collection of critically acclaimed musicals that have been nominated for a combined 15 Tony Awards and 50 Drama Desk Awards.

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