Davis Gaines to Star in Dallas Night of the Hunter

News   Davis Gaines to Star in Dallas Night of the Hunter Former Phantom of the Opera star Davis Gaines will head the cast of Dallas' Lyric Stage production of The Night of the Hunter in late October.

Davis Gaines
Davis Gaines

The late Claibe Richardson (music) and Stephen Cole (book/lyrics) adapted Davis Grubb's dark 1954 novel into the musical, which originally premiered in 2004. Cheryl Denson will direct the production that will run Oct. 29-Nov. 7 at the Irving Arts Center.

Davis will portray conniving prison inmate Harry Powell opposite Lyric Stage veteran Julie Johnson (Sweeney Todd; Hello, Dolly!) as Willa Harper in the West Virginia-set musical.

According to Lyric Stage, "Ben Harper steals ten thousand dollars. Just before being sent to prison he hides the money in his daughter’s doll, setting in motion a thrilling, frightening, and heartfelt story. For sharing Ben’s prison cell is Harry Powell, aka The Preacher, who will do anything to get his hands on the stolen money. Anything, including murder."

Scott A. Eckert will serve as music director for Night of the Hunter, which will employ a full orchestra. The production will have scenic design by Scott Osborne, lighting design by Julie Simmons Moroney and costume design by Drenda Lewis.

The Night of the Hunter earned a 2000 Kleban Award, as well as an NEA grant for development. A 1998 concept cast album of The Night of the Hunter was also released.

For tickets phone (972) 252-2787 or visit LyricStage.

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