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Premiere of The Man in the White Suit, the new musical by the Tony Award-winning creators of Urinetown, June 24-26 at the 21st Powerhouse Summer Theatre season

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POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, the Tony Award-winning creators of the hit musical Urinetown, will premiere a concert reading of their new musical The Man in the White Suit at the 21st Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theatre season, Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 at Vassar College's Martel Theatre. This lively adaptation of the classic 1951 film will star Hunter Foster, a 2004 Tony Award best actor nominee for "Seymour" in Little Shop of Horrors, who earlier originated the Urinetown character "Bobby Strong" on- and off-Broadway, and has also been seen on Broadway in Grease (with Rosie O'Donnell), Les Mis?©rables, and Footloose.

Reprising the film role by Sir Alec Guinness, Hunter Foster will play Sidney Stratton, an eccentric scientist who invents a fabric that never gets dirty, setting off a major crisis in the textile industry. With music, book, and lyrics by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, The Man in the White Suit is the creative team's first major musical work since Urinetown won three 2002 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score (Kotis and Hollmann) and Best Book (Kotis). Their smash also earned two Obie Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and a Drama League Award.

Hunter Foster received 2004 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal of "Seymour" in the Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors. Foster originated the role of "Bobby Strong" in the Broadway and off-Broadway companies of Urinetown, for which he earned Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award nominations. His other Broadway credits include Grease ("Roger"), Footloose, Les Mis?©rables and Alan Menken's King David. He toured nationally as the "Rum Tum Tugger" in Cats, and understudied and performed the lead role in the Cameron Mackintosh production of Martin Guerre. He also played "Abel" in the New York premiere of Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Foster has also penned the books to the musicals Summer of '42 (which premiered off-Broadway in the winter of 2002), and for the upcoming Bonnie and Clyde. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan's musical theatre program.

Four performances of The Man in the White Suit will be presented from June 24-26 at the Martel Theatre in the Vassar College Center for Drama and Film, with shows June 24 and 25 at 8:00 p.m., and June 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at http://powerhouse.vassar.edu, by phone at (845) 437-5599 or (845) 437-7235, or by visiting the Powerhouse box office on Vassar's Poughkeepsie, NY campus.

Since 1985, Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Season has premiered numerous new works destined for on- and off-Broadway production, and made Poughkeepsie a theater destination for thousands of theatre lovers. Powerhouse has also trained an entire generation of young artists through its annual summer apprentice training program, which produces an outdoor repertory series on the Vassar campus. More than 200 professional playwrights, directors, actors, and designers, and more than 50 apprentices from high schools and colleges across the United States, live and work together each summer in a rich collaborative environment on the Vassar campus.

Further information on the Vassar and New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Season can be found at http://powerhouse.vassar.edu.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, June 8, 2005