While the White Barn in Westport, CT, is dormant during renovations, the Manhattan series of dance favorites, pop songs and show tunes, will keep the Barn's name active.
"To keep continuity until the theatre re-opens in summer 2004, we have planned a season of musical cabaret and dance under the auspices of the White Barn at the Off-Broadway Lortel Theatre," Vincent Curcio, White Barn producer, said in a statement.
The White Barn Theatre was founded by Lucille Lortel in 1947, and has a history of such atypical summer stock fare as new works, European plays and Off-Broadway-style titles (as opposed the mysteries and fluffy comedies you might find at other barn theatres).
Opening the season is Dancing with Carmen, June 6-8, with Carmen de Lavallade, Gus Solomons, Jr., Dudley Williams, Donald Saddler and friends. "They will present exciting new dances and a fresh look at old favorites," according to the announcement.
An Evening with Patty Clark makes its American debut featuring the Emmy Award-winning singer (the act played London), June 13-15. The show features songs by Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Dietz & Schwartz and more. William Bolcom, Joan Morris and Max Morath will present Over the Rainbow: Music to the Lyrics of E.Y. Harburg, June 20-22. Songs by the "Wizard of Oz" and "Finian's Rainbow" lyricist will be heard, representing composers including Harold Arlen, Sammy Fain, Jule Styne, Burton Lane, Vernon Duke and more.
Tony Award-nominee Sharon McNight (Starmites) sings Songs to Offend Almost Everyone, June 26-28.
Performances are 8 PM Fridays, 2 & 8 PM Saturdays and 3 & 7 PM Sundays, with the exception of the weekend featuring Sharon McNight, which plays 8 PM Thursday, 7 & 10 PM Friday and 2 & 8 PM Saturday. There is no performance Sunday June 29. All programs are subject to change.
The Lucille Lortel Theatre is 121 Christopher Street, between Hudson and Bleecker Streets, New York City.
Tickets range $30-$35, with student discounts and subscriptions available.
For single tickets, call (212) 239-6200. For subscription sales only, call (212) 924-8782.
For more information, visit www.whitebarntheatre.