A Second Chance: A New Musical Theater Work
“A Second Chance is a unique and moving love story, unusually adult and tremendously revealing.”
Presented by The Public Theater's Musical Theater Initiative
A SECOND CHANCE explores the first year's emotional struggles faced by a widower and a divorcee who meet in mid-life. As the delight they find in each other shifts from a welcome respite to a vital part of every day, they are drawn toward the possibility of creating a new life together, something neither one knew if they would be fortunate enough to find again. Presented with the overwhelming challenge of freeing themselves from their painful pasts, will the couple endure?
Starring Diane Sutherland & Brian Sutherland
Direction by Jonathan Butterell
Musical Direction by Joseph Thalken
Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin
Book, Music and Lyrics by Ted Shen
Dedicated to Mary Jo Shen
with his eclectic ear and voracious appetite for
jazz, musical theater, and classical music
of the first half of the 20th century.
Audiences will be both engaged and delighted
by his fresh, unselfconscious approach.”
-Ricky Ian Gordon
A Second Chance represents Mr. Shen's debut as a musical theater writer. Following his retirement from a business career as an executive at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, he studied songwriting with Ricky Ian Gordon from 2001 to 2003. During his college years at Yale, he studied music theory and played in a jazz band as a bassist and guitarist.
Broadway: The Light in the Piazza, She Loves Me (Amalia-1994 Revival), 1776, Three Sisters, Song and Dance, Cats (original co.) A Chorus Line. Off-B’way: First Ladies Suite and Requiem for William (Transport Group), The Waves. National Tours: The Light in the Piazza, Guys & Dolls (50th anniv. tour), Cabaret, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, ( First National Tour) Cats (Helen Hayes Award). Regional: World Premieres of Sycamore Trees and A Civil War Christmas, Kiss Me Kate, Enter the Guardsman, Edwin Drood, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, American Vaudeville. Recordings: She Loves Me (1994), Guys & Dolls (50th anniv.) Gershwin’s Tell Me More, Man with a Load of Mischief (2004).
Mr. Sutherland has played leading roles on Broadway in The Sound of Music, 1776, Victor/Victoria, Steel Pier, Cats, Dance a Little Closer, A Change in the Heir, and 110 in the Shade (NYC Opera). National tours include The Light in the Piazza, Disney’s On the Record, Guys and Dolls (w/Maurice Hines), Cabaret (w/Joel Grey), and 42nd Street (European tour). Numerous regional theatre includes Kiss Me, Kate and The Fantasticks (St. Louis Rep), Shenandoah (Fords Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Pittsburgh Public), Pirates of Penzance (Guthrie Theatre), Breaking Legs (Coconut Grove Playhouse), She Loves Me (Cincinnati Playhouse), and Enter the Guardsman (Indiana Repertory Theatre). Many concerts with orchestras worldwide - frequently alongside his wife and tonight’s co-star, Diane Sutherland.