Butler and Burtka to Star in The Opposite of Sex at Williamstown

News   Butler and Burtka to Star in The Opposite of Sex at Williamstown Kerry Butler (Hairspray) and David Burtka will star in the East Coast premiere of the new musical The Opposite of Sex at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, it was announced.
Kerry Butler in the San Francisco production of The Opposite of Sex.
Kerry Butler in the San Francisco production of The Opposite of Sex. Photo by Bill Faulkner

The two actors will repeat the roles they played in the San Francisco premiere of the work in fall 2004. The musical, by Douglas J. Cohen and Robert Jess Roth, is based on the film of the same name by Don Roos. It follows the conniving 16-year-old Dedee Truitt (Butler) as she moves in with her now-wealthy, gay half-brother Bill and ends up pregnant by his new boyfriend Matt (Burtka). Roth directs on the Nikos Stage. Dates are Aug. 9-20.

A new production of Cole Porter's Anything Goes will feature Malcolm Gets as Evelyn, Matt Cavenaugh as Billy Crocker, Nikki Renee Daniels as Hope, Catherine Brunell as Bonnie, Remy Auberjonois as Moonface Martin, Tom Bloom as Elijah Whitney, Sandra Shipley as Mrs. Harcourt, and Paul O'Brien as Captain. No one has been cast in the lead role of Reno Sweeney yet. The show will play the Main Stage July 5-16. Roger Rees will direct.

Sweet Bird of Youth, the next Main Stage attraction, will run July 19-30. David Jones will direct. The cast will include Derek Cecil as Chance Wayne, Ted Koch as George Scudder, Beth Fowler as Aunt Nonnie and Betsy Aidem as Miss Lucy.

Will Frears will pilot Romeo and Juliet, Aug. 2-13, with Bill Camp as Friar Laurence, Kristine Nielsen as the Nurse, Daniel Oreskes as Capulet, Paul O'Brien as Montague, Sandra Shipley as Lady Montague and Remy Auberjonois as Tybalt. Romeo and Juliet—roles which have been traditionally difficult to fill—have not been cast.

Double Double, directed by Rees, which will conclude the Main Stage season Aug. 16-27, has not been cast. Neither has the Nikos Stage production of A Nervous Smile, a play by the recently deceased John Belluso.

The Nikos Stage schedule will also include Lucy and the Conquest by Cusi Cram, directed by Suzanne Agins, with Jeanine Serralles and Bernard White, playing July 12-23.

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