Valerie Harper, Michele Lee, Tony Roberts, Shirl Bernheim and Anil Kumar left the Broadway production of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife May 26 and packed their bags for the comedy's Los Angeles premiere, June 18-Aug. 11 at the Ahmanson Theatre.
The Charles Busch comedy, a Broadway hit about a depressive Manhattan wife and the childhood friend who returns to shake up her life, plays the Ahmanson to Aug. 11 and moves to the Curran Theatre in San Francisco Aug. 13-Sept. 8 before the cast breaks up and a 40-week national tour begins Sept. 10 with Harper headlining and Jana Robbins playing opposite.
The play began at Off Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club in 1999-2000 and made a commercial transfer to become a Broadway hit. Its original "wife" was Linda Lavin, who was nominated for a Best Actress Tony Award for her work. Allergist's Wife continues at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it opened Nov. 2, 2000. Lynne Meadow directs.
Roberts plays husband Ira, Bernheim is Marjorie's cranky mother and Kumar is kindred spirit, Mohammed, the doorman.
Producers are Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, artistic director; Barry Grove, executive producer), Carole Shorenstein Hays, Daryl Roth, Stuart Thompson and Douglas S. Cramer. Designers are Santo Loquasto (set), Ann Roth (costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lighting) and Bruce Ellman and Brian Ronan (sound). For ticket information, call (213) 628-2772 or visit taperahmanson.com.