Cady Huffman and Tom Wopat to Star in Durang's Macao in 2005

News   Cady Huffman and Tom Wopat to Star in Durang's Macao in 2005 Cady Huffman, Tony-winner from The Producers, and Tom Wopat, late of 42nd Street, will star in a 2005 New York production of Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick's tongue-in-cheek musical Adrift in Macao, the actress told Playbill On-Line columnist Harry Haun.
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The show, long-promised for New York, is looking at either a spring of summer berth. "I'm doing a reading of the new Durang, Adrift in Macao, with Tom Wopat in December and a production of it next year—either in May or in August, depending on if the producers want to go Off-Broadway or on. It has six characters in it," Huffman said. Adrift in Macao played Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre as part of New York Stage & Film's 2002 summer season. At last report, producers Susan Dietz and Ina Meibach were behind the production, a musical send-up of film noir. Sheryl Kaller, who directed in 2002, will repeat her duties. Musical director is Fred Lassen, according to Theatrical Index. Tom Lynch is providing sets.

No theatre has been identified, but previous reports had the show being staged in either a traditional house or possibly a nightclub.

The story takes place at the "Casablanca"-esque Macao Surf and Turf Nightclub Gambling Casino, which is overseen by one Rick Shaw. There, sex, blackmail, danger and romance transpire.

Durang last had a new work on the New York stage with Playwrights Horizons' premiere of his scathing comedy, Betty Summer's Vacation, arguably the biggest critical hit of his career. Though there was interest in a commercial transfer of the show, it closed after an extended run at PH.

Since then, Durang has penned Macao and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, which played Pittsburgh's City Theatre late in 2002 and starred one of Durang's prime interpreters, Kristine Nielsen.