Holly-Anne Ruggiero directs the world-premiere production that runs from July 30-Aug. 2 at the Main Stage Theatre in the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex.
Known for her roles in Evita; Cats; Starting Here, Starting Now; and The Magic Show, Ackerman will head a cast that also features Renee Bang Allen (Company, Grand Hotel), Peter Crosby, Samantha Ives (The Color of Flesh), Fred Marco, Timothy Mele, Scott Raven T, Eric Rubbe (Blue Man Group) and Carolyn Seiff.
"In Gentleman's Wish," press notes state, "Senator Hanford Drake's re-election campaign is about to kick off, when suddenly his picture-perfect life evaporates after his wife leaks the 20 year affair he's been having with his best friend Lake. As Senator Drake and his staff descend upon his mother's estate to work on spin and damage control, a surprise visit from the senator's wife and son culminate in a highly publicized press conference, and with several skeletons in the closet, anything can come out."
Gentleman's Wish will have scenic design by Anne Allen Goelz and costume design from Emily DeAngelis.
For tickets, priced $18, visit MidtownFestival. The Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex is located at 312 West 36th Street.