Mechanic adds LaBelle in 'House of Flowers'

June 07, 1991

A new adaptation of Truman Capote's 1954 musical hit, "House of Flowers," will play a four-week engagement at the Lyric Opera House beginning in February of 1992 as part of the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts' 1991-92 subscription season.

Starring in the pre-Broadway musical will be singing star Patti LaBelle. Tony Award winner Geoffrey Holder, a member of the original Broadway production, will direct.

Playwright Charles Busch has reworked Capote's book. The musical score is by Harold Arlen ("Over the Rainbow") with lyrics by Capote.

LaBelle plays Madame Fleur, the domineering "horticulturist" of the "hottest house in the French Caribbean." The singer, known as the Queen of Rock 'n' Soul, has had a number of hit singles and has starred on Broadway in her one-woman show.

Holder, along with directing and choreographing, has also designed the costumes for "House of Flowers." The artist won a Tony Award for his popular musical production, "The Wiz."

For more information regarding the 1991-92 subscription season, call the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts at 625-4200.

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