‘Dinner at Eight’ is Served in London

Posted in News on July 15, 2003
Dinner at Eight, a musical based on the 1932 George S. Kaufman/Edna Ferber Broadway comedy, received a reading at the Drury Lane Theatre in London on July 1. With music by Ben Schaechter, lyrics by Frank Evans and book by Julie Gilbert, the musical was developed in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop for which it received the 2001-2002 Jerry Bock Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre.

Ben Schaechter has composed music for the Outer Critics Award nominated That's Life and the Outer Critics Award and Drama Desk Award nominated Too Jewish?, as well as for the long-running hit, Naked Boys Singing. Frank Evans, who serves on the Steering Committee of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, co-wrote the lyrics to Abie's Island Rose, named "one of the ten best plays of 2000" by the Palm Beach Post. Julie Gilbert is the winner of a Dramaloug Award for her play, The Cottage, and is a Pulitzer Prize nominee for the Paulette Goddard/Erich Maria Remarque bio, Opposite Attraction.

In attendance at the London reading of Dinner at Eight are the musical's composer Ben Schaechter, librettist Julie Gilbert, lyricist Frank Evans and BMI's Jean Banks.