Aida's Matt Bogart to Star in Signature's 110 in the Shade

News   Aida's Matt Bogart to Star in Signature's 110 in the Shade Former Aida star Matt Bogart will head the cast of the Signature Theatre's upcoming production of 110 in the Shade. Bogart's casting was announced on his official website.

Former Aida star Matt Bogart will head the cast of the Signature Theatre's upcoming production of 110 in the Shade. Bogart's casting was announced on his official website.

The Signature production of the Harvey Schmidt/Tom Jones musical begins performances at the Virginia theatre on Jan. 21, 2003, and runs through March 3. Featuring a book by N. Richard Nash, the musical will be helmed by Eric Schaeffer.

This past summer, Matt Bogart was seen as Paul in the Kennedy Center production of Stephen Sondheim's Company. The actor-singer has starred on Broadway in Aida, The Civil War, Miss Saigon and Smokey Joe's Cafe. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music, Bogart has appeared in regional productions of Carousel and Side Show, and he recently released his debut solo recording, "Simple Songs," on the Jay Records label.

The original production of 110 in the Shade — produced by David Merrick — opened at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre on Oct. 24, 1963. The musical, based on N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker, played 330 performances before closing on Aug. 9, 1964. Directed by Joseph Anthony with choreography by Agnes De Mille, the cast included Stephen Douglass, Robert Horton, Inga Swenson, George Church, Will Geer, Steve Roland, Scooter Teague and Lesley Warren.

The Signature Theatre is located at 3806 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA. Visit www.sig online.orgfor more information. —By Andrew Gans