Back in 1994, a delicious movie hit the big screen.
“A Man of No Importance,” starring Albert Finney, is about a Dublin bus driver who is a closeted gay, a theater lover, and considers Oscar Wilde his muse.
When he attempts to put on an amateur production of Wilde’s “Salome” in a church hall, all hell breaks loose.
Fast forward to 2002. The playwright Terrence McNally teamed up with the creators of the musical “Ragtime,” Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Aherns, and they created a musical version of the play. If it has one ounce of the charm and heart that the movie did, you want to see it.
And Studio Connections is giving us that chance; this weekend, it opens the musical. It indeed has the heart and charm of the movie, said director Robert Encila.
“I love the triumph of the story,” he says. “It deals with a subject that’s not dealt with very often — he’s gay and struggling to come out. But it’s not a very supportive environment.”
The musical snagged the 2003 Outer Critics Award for its off-Broadway production, and the London critics praised it.
“The music is gorgeous,” says Encila. “It’s so lyrical and so different from anything else we’ve done.”
The cast includes Dennis Tamblyn, Brian Levario, Colleen Zandbergen, and Jessica Leonard.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. today (preview) and Friday (opening), 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $15 for tonight’s preview, $23 for regular performances, and a special “Dublin Transit Discount” on Saturday — which translates to $18 tickets for that performance. Continues through Nov. 24. brownpapertickets.com