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""The Capeman," Paul Simon's ill-fated foray into the Broadway musical, was so spectacular and costly a flop that when it closed in 1998 after only 68 performances, it was hard to imagine it could ever have an afterlife. But time passes, memories fade, and tastes change, and so for three nights beginning Saturday, the Public Theater will be presenting a new, streamlined version of the show outdoors at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park." [NY Times]
More about the play and how to get tickets, below...

A Concert Version Of THE CAPEMAN

Music by Paul Simon
Lyrics by Paul Simon and Derek Walcott
Book by Derek Walcott and Paul Simon
Directed by Diane Paulus

Three Performances Only!
At The Delacorte Theater
August 14-16, 2010

THE CAPEMAN, featuring music by Paul Simon and book and lyrics by Paul Simon and Derek Walcott, will be directed by Tony Award nominee Diane Paulus, who directed the concert version of HAIR at the Delacorte in 2007. Sergio Trujillo will provide choreography and the Grammy-winning Oscar Hernandez and an extraordinary 12-piece orchestra will play Simon's haunting score. Casting and full creative team to be announced at a later date.

Originally on Broadway in 1998, Simon's musical THE CAPEMAN tells the true story of a Nuyorican street gang member whose story exploded on to the front pages of the tabloids in 1959, ultimately revealing the cultural and racial tensions beneath the surface of New York in that era. THE CAPEMAN's score is a dazzling blend of Latin music, Doo Wop and artful ballads to tell a gripping and controversial New York story.

"I think the Delacorte is the ideal place to hear the music from The Capeman," said Paul Simon. "It's going to be a great musical night."

Free tickets will be distributed the day of the show in person at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1 p.m. or by registering for Virtual Ticketing online at ShakespeareInThePark.org the day of the performance you want to attend. Virtual Ticketing recipients are chosen at random to receive tickets, not in the order requests are received.

Reserved Concert Seats can now be reserved for a tax-deductible donation of $175 per seat. These seats are available only at The Public Theater box office or by calling (212) 967-7555.

Priority Concert Seating, for a tax deductible donation of $250 or $500, is available through The Public Theater Development Office at partners@publictheater.org.This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it The $500 Priority Seats for the final performance on Monday night, August 16 includes admission to a post-show cast party. Priority Concert Seating availability is limited to ensure that that highest number of free seats are available for the general public on the day of the show.

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Comments (28)

i'll only go if he plays "you can call me al" for 3 hours as an encore. make it happen

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 10:07 AM

too raucous

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 10:18 AM

I'll only go if Garfunkel comes and they perform Bookends in its entirety.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 10:38 AM

I'll only go if the crowd says "Smash Mouth" 150 times.

Posted by The Mighty KC | August 12, 2010 10:42 AM

i'll only go if someone farts in the pit during the intro of "intervention"

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 10:46 AM

I'll only go if Art Garfunkel comes out and sings Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 10:53 AM

Paul Simon won't be performing, assholes. He just wrote the music. He may be sitting in the audience one night though, eating hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 11:33 AM

10:53 - were you at the Simon and Garfunkel show at Jazz Fest? Art had some issues.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 11:37 AM

I think we get it. I don't think anyone that posted thinks Simon is performing. Clearly you don't get sarcasm 11:33.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 11:39 AM

Art Garfunkel will be eating Hummus in Prospect Park Saturday night during the duration of Paul's play in Central Park

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 11:40 AM

The Cape MEHn

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 11:40 AM

the hummus stuff, while amusing at times, has run its course.

i much prefer the more recent running joke of someone farting in the pit

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 11:57 AM

I think the issues with Art's voice is why they cancelled (postponed) the entire tour.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 12:21 PM

Paul is a song thief... ask anyone

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 12:35 PM

well... ask los lobos.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 12:43 PM

I was born in Puerto Rico...

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 12:45 PM

What's sarcasm?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 12:55 PM

A real hummus comment would never include an epithet or an insult like that. I am sorry to say that I also believe the hummus comments have run their course--but not because they're not awesome, simply because they've been co-opted by people who don't understand how to write them.

I am disappointed that "taking the train to Philly" never got off the ground.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 12:57 PM

"taking the train to philly" is too much a reality, whereas inserting "hummus" or "meh" into an innane comment, or, asking if someone farted in the pit, has actual comedic substance.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 1:05 PM

What?!?! They're putting wings on the Train To Philly?!?!? Will there be hummus in-flight? Perhaps the in-flight movie will be MEHn In Black 2...

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 1:50 PM

Was the Capeman such a rousing success on the East Coast when it came out that they gotta keep doing it??

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 2:30 PM

taking the train to philly was one of my favorites.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 2:35 PM

will his hot wife be there?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 3:08 PM

Can't wait to see the show. We hired a linesitter from NY backpage dot com to do the line-waiting for us. Used them for Merchant of Venice. They were great!

Posted by Jean | August 12, 2010 9:47 PM

Jean, who hired a line-sitter; I hate you; you are likely one of those people who when driving cut into the line others are waiting on, to get in front; clearly thinking you are something special. If you had ever waited in the central park line only to find that you had not gotten there early enough to get tickets due to all the line sitters, perhaps you would think differently. You are subverting the intent of providing free tickets in the first place. Either pay the $350 to support the Public Theatre, or take your place in line.

Posted by mike | August 16, 2010 3:30 AM

Mike obviously does not have a job.

I am not Jean, nor did I go to this show, but considering what I make in an hour, it is more efficient to pay a linesitter. Sorry that you didn't study harder in college in order to get a good job.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 9:03 AM

Hummus is a healthy, tasty snack to enjoy while waiting in lines.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 5:11 PM

"taking the train to philly" is too much a reality, whereas inserting "hummus" or "meh" into an innane comment, or, asking if someone farted in the pit, has actual comedic substance.

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