For those who like their Shakespeare not in the park but sung on Broadway, the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of the Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart-George Abbott musical, The Boys from Syracuse, will begin previews at the American Airlines Theatre on July 25.
Playing Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse are Jonathan Dokuchitz and Lee Wilkof, respectively, while Tom Hewitt and Chip Zien are Antipholus and Dromio from Ephesus in this musical adaptation of the Bard's knockabout comedy of mistaken identity, The Comedy of Errors.
The show, which offers a treasure-chest of Rodgers and Hart songs (plus some interpolations from other R&H shows), will have an official opening Aug. 18. Scott Ellis directs and Tony winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie) is choreographer.
Renewed interest in the 1938 musical arguably began in 1997 when City Center Encores! produced a praised concert version of the show starring Malcolm Gets, Michael McGrath, Mario Cantone, Davis Gaines and Rebecca Luker. Two years later, Scott Ellis directed a workshop of the show, reworked by new book writer Nicky Silver, for the Roundabout. Zien and Mitchell participated in that project. Another workshop was staged in 2000. The Roundabout finally announced the musical for spring 2002, later pushing it back to the summer.
The original production of Boys began on Nov. 23, 1938, at the Alvin Theatre. It ran for 235 performances. A 1963 Off-Broadway production starring Stuart Damon and Karen Morrow ran 503 performances. This is the first Broadway revival. Completing the cast are Jeffrey Broadhurst (as Angelo), The Immigrant's Walter Charles (Aegean), the national touring South Pacific's Erin Dilly (Luciana), Toni DiBuono (Luce), Tom Galantich (Merchant, Aegean), Sara Gettlefinger (Courtesan, Ensemble), Deidre Goodwin (Courtesan, Ensemble), Milena Govich (Courtesan, Ensemble), George Hall (Sorcerer), Teri Hanson (Courtesan, Ensemble), Tripp Hanson (Ensemble), television comedienne Jackee Harry (Madam), Fred Inkley (Sergeant), Mark Lotito (Tailor, Ensemble), Kirk McDonald (Ensemble), Elizabeth Mills (Courtesan, Ensemble), Lauren Mitchell (Adriana), J.C. Montgomery (Duke, Ensemble), Scott Robertson (Merchant, Ensemble) and Allyson Turner (Ensemble).
Hewitt won a Tony nomination for playing Frank N Furter in the recent Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show. Zien created roles in the original Broadway productions Into the Woods and Falsettos. His most recent New York stage credit was William Finn's A New Brain. Dokuchitz, the least known of the four, was also in the original Into the Woods, as well as Broadway's Dream and Tommy. Wilkof most recent Broadway musical was Kiss Me, Kate, in which he played one of the theatre-obsessed gangsters. He created the role of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.
Acerbic playwright Silver (The Food Chain, Raised in Captivity) has penned a new adaptation of the George Abbott book.
The design team includes Thomas Lynch (set); Thoroughly Modern Millie Tony winner Martin Pakledinaz (costume); Donald Holder (lighting); Brian Ronan (sound); David Loud (music director); and Don Sebesky (orchestrator).
Sebesky orchestrates such classic tunes as "Falling in Love with Love," "This Can't Be Love" and "Sing for You Supper." Also in the score are "I Had Twins," "Dear Old Syracuse," "What Can You Do With a Man," "A Lady Must Live" (added for this staging), "The Shortest Day of the Year," "You Took Advantage of Me" (added for this production), "Everything I've Got Belongs to You" (added for this production), "You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea," "Big Brother," "Come With Me," and "Oh, Diogenes."
Tickets are now on sale. Call (212) 719-1300 or visit the box office at the American Airlines Theatre at 227 West 42nd Street.