‘City of Angels,’ troupe from Italy in lineup at Ohio State

The Ohio State University Department of Theatre will celebrate Shakespeare, revive a rarely seen Broadway musical and import an Italian troupe next season.

Compagnia Sud Costa Occidentale, a troupe led by Emma Dante, will make its debut in an English-speaking country with the movement-oriented drama Operetta Burlesque.

City of Angels, the 1990 Tony winner for best musical, concerns a Hollywood scriptwriter and his alter-ego private-eye. Composer Cy Coleman, lyricist David Zippel and author Larry Gelbart’s homage to 1940s film noir toured to Columbus in 1992.

The Shakespeare School tour for young audiences will present the historical drama Henry V.

The season finale will be a Shakespeare and Education Festival of workshops, performances and presentations celebrating the six-year partnership between OSU and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Other plays will include Trouble in Mind, Alice Childress’ backstage satire set during rehearsals of an integrated theater company in 1957; and The Norwegians, C. Denby Swanson’s comedy about scorned Minnesota women who hire Norwegian gangsters to whack their ex-boyfriends.

Rounding out the season: Digi-EYE: Film/Video Showcase, new short digital-media works by theater students; the MFA Acting Solo Festival project ; and the MFA Acting Outreach and Engagement Project, in which students create and perform new works based on their experiences using Shakespeare to reach autistic children,

mgrossberg@dispatch.com