Four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines will star opposite Emmy and Tony winner Debra Monk in the world premiere of James Lapine's Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, which will be presented February 28–March 26 at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.
The award-winning actors be joined by Rebekah Brockman (HBO’s Divorce) as Joelle Taylor, Kaitlyn Davidson (Broadway’s Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Carol Sue Singleton, Will LeBow (Broadway’s Act One) as Larry Drummond and Dr. Shapiro, Corey Mach (Broadway’s Hands on a Hardbody) as Simon Bock, Kimberly Marable (Broadway’s Sister Act) as Denise Banfield, and Jacob ben Widmar (Broadway’s Xanadu) as Bobby Sherin.
Pulitzer Prize winner Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods) will also direct the production in the MAX Theatre.
Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing is based on the real-life story of Elva Miller, who gained notoriety as an unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s for her renditions of “Downtown,” “Monday, Monday,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” and more.
"I am beyond thrilled to be working with Debra Monk and Boyd Gaines on my play Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing,” said director and playwright Lapine in an earlier statement. “This is a show that touches on a period of time (the late 1960's) that we three lived through. Their roles will offer these extraordinary actors an opportunity to demonstrate the full range of their gifts as well as bring their own personal experiences to their performances."
“I’ve always been a big fan of James Lapine, and when he received the 2015 Stephen Sondheim Award, we spoke about his upcoming projects and coming to Signature,” added Signature Theatre artistic director Eric Schaeffer, “so I am thrilled that we are producing the world premiere of his newest work Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. With Debra Monk starring along with Boyd Gaines, this new comedy promises to be a wonderful evening of theater.”
Monk and Gaines will star as Mrs. and Mr. Miller. They last appeared together in the 1995 Roundabout Theatre revival of Company.
Monk is a five-time Tony Award nominee and winner for her performance in Lanford Wilson’s play Redwood Curtain. Gaines won the Tony Award for his performances in The Heidi Chronicles, She Loves Me, Contact, and Gypsy.
The production will also have choreography by Josh Prince, musical supervision and orchestrations by Tony winner Michael Starobin, musical direction by Matt Hinkley, scenic design by Tony Award winner Heidi Ettinger, lighting design by Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, and wig, hair, and makeup design by J. Jared Janas. The production stage manager is Kerry Epstein, the assistant stage manager is Allie Roy, and the production assistant is Paul Luckenbaugh. New York casting is by Tara Rubin Casting, CSA.
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