Cerveris, Hyde Pierce, Blazer Star in Doll Reading at Ravinia, Sept. 2-3

News   Cerveris, Hyde Pierce, Blazer Star in Doll Reading at Ravinia, Sept. 2-3 Former Titanic actor Michael Cerveris, "Frasier" star David Hyde Pierce and Broadway regulars Judith Blazer and Mary Testa will star in a staged reading of the new musical Doll, which will play Chicago's Ravinia Festival Sept. 2 and 3.

Cerveris recently replaced Brian d'Arcy James in the role of Czech painter Oskar Kokoschka in the Michael Korie-Scott Frankel musical. Also in the cast are Marilynn Bogetich, James Rank and Lili-Anne Brown. Directed by Lonny Price, Doll concerns the life of Alma Mahler, the 19th-century woman who famously fascinated—and married—three great men of the time: composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius and novelist and poet Franz Werfel ("The Song of Bernadette"). The play specifically deals with Alma and her love affair with painter Kokoschka in pre-war Vienna. Blazer plays Alma Mahler. Hyde Pierce is Anton Gruber, Rank is Walter Gropius and Test plays a character named Hulda. The show was workshopped at Lincoln Center last season.

Michael Cerveris received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the title role of The Who's Tommy, a part he also played for two years in Germany. Cerveris originated the role of architect Thomas Andrews in the Tony-winning musical Titanic and also appeared onstage in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Total Eclipse, Abingdon Square and Life Is a Dream.

Doll will play the Ravinia's Bennett-Gordon Hall Sept. 2 and 3 at 8 PM. The Ravinia theatre is located in Highland Park, IL; for more information, go to www.ravinia.org.

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