Dana Ivey and Brian Murray Set The Dining Room at Cape Playhouse July 4-16

News   Dana Ivey and Brian Murray Set The Dining Room at Cape Playhouse July 4-16 Dana Ivey and Brian Murray, recently paired in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of The Rivals, will play opposite each other once again this summer in the Cape Playhouse's production of A. R. Gurney's The Dining Room, running July 4-16 at the Dennis, Massachusetts, summer stock house.

Also in the cast are Michael McDonald and Stephnie Weir. James Brennan directs.

Ivey was recently nominated for a Tony Award for her Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals. Murray's many credits include The Play About the Baby, The Crucible and Uncle Vanya.

The Cape Playhouse will open its summer season by presenting a rare new musical: Ambassador Satch—The Life and Music of Louis Armstrong, starring Andre DeShields. The "musical valentine" to the jazz great is written by James Mirrione and De Shields, the veteran of such Broadway shows as Play On! and The Full Monty. Lawrence Maslon, creator of the PBS series, "Broadway: The American Musical," will direct and Mercedes Ellington is choreographer. Performances begin June 20.

  The season will conclude Aug. 29-Sept. 10 with Dress for Dinner, a comedy by Marc Camoletti. Dee Hoty (Mamma Mia!) and Michael Rupert (Falsettos) will star alongside Kevin Spirtas. James Brennan directs. 

In between those two attractions will come the 1920s musical No, No Nanette, with Fred Willard (July 18-30); the Fats Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin', directed by Greg Ganakas (Aug. 1-13); and Around the World in Eighty Days, a small-cast production of the Jules Verne classic by Mark Brown. Russ Treyz directs (Aug 15-27).   The Playhouse was founded by Raymond Moore. A former Unitarian Meeting House, the quaint, white shingled, 600-seat theatre features a wrap-around balcony. The theatre opened in 1927 with a production of The Guardsman starring Basil Rathbone. Among the many noteworthy productions to be staged there over the years was a 1937 Hamlet starring Eva LeGallienne in the title role and Uta Hagen, in her professional debut, as Ophelia. Bette Davis, who spent teenage summers on Cape Cod, acted there, as did Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes and Gertrude Lawrence, who met and married her husband Richard Aldrich (who ran the theatre for many years) at the Playhouse. Shirley Booth acted there so often, she kept her Oscar there.

The Cape Playhouse is located in Dennis, MA, at 820 Route 6A. For more information, call (508) 385-3911.

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