Billy Stritch to Tickle Ivories, and More, in 42nd Street Revival

News   Billy Stritch to Tickle Ivories, and More, in 42nd Street Revival Pianist and vocalist Billy Stritch has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway of 42nd Street, playing the role of Oscar, the pianist.

Pianist and vocalist Billy Stritch has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway of 42nd Street, playing the role of Oscar, the pianist.

Oscar is billed as the show-within-the-show's skirt-chasing rehearsal pianist. Previews for the new production of the 1980 Tony Award winner begin April 4 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Opening night is May 2.

The company also includes the previously announced Christine Ebersole (as Dorothy Brock), Michael Cumpsty (as Julian Marsh), Kate Levering (as Peggy Sawyer), Mary Testa (as Maggie Jones), Jonathan Freeman (as Bert Barry) and David Elder (as Billy Lawlor).

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Stritch is a popular pianist, singer and arranger on the New York jazz and cabaret scene. His song, "Does He Love You," recorded by Reba McEntire topped the country charts and won a Grammy in 1994, selling more than five million copies. His longtime association with Liza Minnelli, which began in 1991 with Liza: Live at Radio City Music Hall, and continued with her recent concert, Minnelli On Minnelli. Mark Bramble, co-librettist of 42nd Street, directs the revival, which is expected to have some revisions since 1980. Randy Skinner choreographs and re-stages dances credited to late director-choreographer Gower Champion.

Dodger Theatricals presents the new 42nd Street.

For tickets, call (212) 307-4100 or (800) 755-2400.