A Saint She Ain't, the musical by lyricist-librettist Dick Vosburgh and composer Denis King, may come to New York City following its Aug. 28-Sept. 14 run at the Westport Country Playhouse. The show recently concluded a stay at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Patricia McNaughton, the London-based representative of Vosburgh, told Playbill On-Line that the Westport production would be watched closely. If all goes well, an Off-Broadway berth is a distinct possibility.
Christina Marie Norrup, PJ Benjamin, Alison Briner, Lovette George and Joel Blum starred in the Berkshire Theatre Festival's US premiere of A Saint She Ain't.
Also in the cast are Jay Russell, Roland Rusinek and Jason Gilman.
Norrup replaces the previously announced Kate Levering of 42nd Street and Thou Shalt Not fame. Blum is well remembered from his nimble-footed turns in Steel Pier and Show Boat. PJ Benjamin played Amos in Broadway's Chicago.
Writer Dick Vosburgh penned much of the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical concoction, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine.
Eric Hill directs the "Hollywood-inspired musical" in which each character is based on renowned Tinseltown figures, such as Mae West and W.C. Fields. The play, roughly based on Moliere's Le Cocu Imaginaire, concerns a couple of young lovers who mistakenly believe the other is being untrue.
A Saint She Ain't debuted at the UK's King's Head Theatre a couple seasons back and then transferred to the West End.
If Saint travels to Manhattan, it will be the second Westport production this season to transfer to New York, after the Paul Newman staging of Our Town (expected for a limited run in 2003).
—By Robert Simonson