Beane's Planet Starts to Sparkle Off-Broadway, June 20

News   Beane's Planet Starts to Sparkle Off-Broadway, June 20 Josh Hamilton, J. Smith-Cameron, T. Scott Cunningham, Michael Gaston and Ross Gibby will hear Music From a Sparkling Planet starting June 20 at the Drama Dept. They make up the company of the new Douglas Carter Beane play set to make its world premiere at Off-Broadway's Greenwich House Theatre. The comedy will run through Aug. 12. Mark Brokaw directs.
J. Smith Cameron and Josh Hamilton star in Music From a Sparkling Planet.
J. Smith Cameron and Josh Hamilton star in Music From a Sparkling Planet. (Photo by Photo by Joan Marcus)

Josh Hamilton, J. Smith-Cameron, T. Scott Cunningham, Michael Gaston and Ross Gibby will hear Music From a Sparkling Planet starting June 20 at the Drama Dept. They make up the company of the new Douglas Carter Beane play set to make its world premiere at Off-Broadway's Greenwich House Theatre. The comedy will run through Aug. 12. Mark Brokaw directs.

In Music From a Sparkling Planet, three friends go off in search of Tamara Tomorrow, the retired, and now reclusive host of a 1970s Philadelphia children's show, but they find a lot more when they track her down in a Wildwood, New Jersey, motel. Beane's last play to debut at the Drama Dept. was The Country Club. Other works include the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award-winning As Bees in Honey Drown and the film "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar."

Last Off-Broadway in Fuddy Meers, Smith-Cameron's recent work has included As Bees in Honey Drown and Broadway's Night Must Fall. Hamilton starred in This Our Youth and The Waverly Gallery, both by Kenneth Lonergan, and as Homer Wells in The Cider House Rules at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Cunningham was seen in the Roundabout Theatre Company's recent Design for Living, Love! Valour! Compassion! and two Nicky Silver world premieres, Pterodactyls and Fit to be Tied. Gibby played Young Dr. Larch in The Cider House Rules. All four actors are Drama Dept. company members.

Mark Brokaw directs. Brokaw currently has a hit Off-Broadway with Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero. He was also at the helm for Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, The Dying Gaul, the Drama Dept's As Bees in Honey Drown and the Drama Desk and Obie Award winning How I Learned to Drive.

Designing Music From a Sparkling Planet are Allen Moyer (sets), Michael Krass (costumes), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Janet Kalas (sound design) and Lewis Flinn (original music). Tickets are $35. The Greenwich House Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. The Drama Dept is on the web at http://www.dramadept.org.

—Christine Ehren