From Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic:
The Seattle avatar of grunge will just have to wait. An early explorer of the Antarctic has first dibs now, in Balagan Theatre’s lineup of new musicals. The company had planned to bring “Nirvanov,” a theater piece conflating the life of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain with Anton Chekhov’s play “Ivanov,” to the stage this spring.
But according to Balagan manager Jake Groshong, “Nirvanov” isn’t ready for the mainstage and has been postponed. In its place the company will present a workshop of “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me” at ACT Theatre, Feb. 2-4.
The musical, with a book by Joe DiPietro (“Memphis,” “Nice Work If You Can Get it”) and a score by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (of the band GrooveLily) will have its world-premiere run April 18-May 4, in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Leo K. Theatre.
“Ernest Shackleton Loves Me” is described as a “cross-time love affair for the ages.” It concerns “a present-day, sleep-deprived single mom who has just been fired from her day job as a video game composer when the historic, legendary gentleman-explorer (Shackleton) makes contact with (the woman) through her video blog.” Romance and adventure ensue.