Joining the previously announced Sheryl Lee Ralph (Margo Channing), Jean Louise Kelly (Eve Harrington), Kevin Earley (Bill Sampson) and Veanne Cox (Karen Richards) will be Kevin Chamberlin as Buzz Richards and John Fleck as Duane Fox. The ensemble comprises James Avery, Seth Belliston, Kelly Connelly, Brad DeLima, Jeremy Duvall, Nathaniel Flatt, Christa Jackson, Joel Longenecker, Allen Louis, Claci Miller Stefanie Morse, Natalie Nucci, Leslie Odum, Jr., Chris Prinzo, Scarlett, Randy Slovacek, Shaun Thompson and Kristin Beth Williams. Applause will play UCLA's Freud Playhouse May 10-22, with an official opening set for May 11. David Lee will direct with choreography by Mark Esposito and musical direction by Gerald Sternbach. The musical is based on the film "All About Eve," which concerns an aging Broadway star (Margo Channing) and the young woman (Eve Harrington) she takes under her wing.
Applause, which won the 1970 Tony Award for Best Musical, features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics be Lee Adams and a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The musical opened at Broadway's Palace Theatre on March 30, 1970, with Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing and Penny Fuller as Eve Harrington. Bacall won a Tony for her performance, and the show ran for 896 performances, closing July 27, 1972.
Tickets for Applause, priced $55-$65, are available by calling the UCLA central ticket office at (310) 825 2101. Go to www.reprise.org for more information.