Douglas Carter Beane’s New Musical Based on a Noël Coward Story Bows Today | Playbill

News Douglas Carter Beane’s New Musical Based on a Noël Coward Story Bows Today Me and the Girls uses Coward’s own songs.

Five-time Tony Award-nominated playwright and librettist Douglas Carter Beane has written a new musical, Me and the Girls, that will get its world premiere October 26-29 at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

The musical is based on a before-its-time short story of the same title by British author and songwriter Noël Coward, about a gay song-and-dance man on his deathbed, who flashes back on his life in show business, and his lover who was tragically killed.

Me and the Girls was adapted as a TV movie in 1985 with Tom Courtenay and Maria Friedman.

Beane’s new musical uses Coward’s own songs as its score. Beane wrote or co-wrote librettos to the Broadway musicals Lysistrata Jones, Sister Act, Xanadu, and Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, and wrote the Broadway plays The Nance and The Little Dog Laughed. All except The Nance were nominated for Tony Awards.

The AADA cast features 2016-2017 New York Academy company members Liam Armstrong, Julia Boström, Brett Bullard, and Zania Cummings.

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is located at 120 Madison Avenue. For reservations and information visit or call (212) 453-5340.

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