The American Century Theater in Arlington, VA, will present its 2001 2002 season — including a new musical about Danny Kaye and wife Sylvia Fine — in various spaces while its home at the Gunston Arts Center is under renovation, the company announced.
The season begins at Arlington County's newest theatre, called "Theater on the Run", at 3700 South Four Mile Run in Shirlington, with the musical, Danny & Sylvia, Oct. 4-27.
The American Century Theater is a non-profit professional theatre dedicated to producing "great, important, and neglected works of 20th Century American playwrights."
The two-actor Danny & Sylvia musical has book and lyrics by Bob McElwaine and Bob Bain and will be directed by Jack Marshall, with musical direction by Thomas D. Fuller. The tuner is a the third installment of TACT's "Reflections" series, presenting new works on important 20th century American figures and events. The show, seen in a workshop in March 2001, focuses on the tempestuous pairing of entertainer Danny Kaye and his wife-mentor songwriter Sylvia Fine.
The 26-song musical stars Brian Childers in an uncanny performance as Kaye that won him the Theatre Lobby's Mary Goldwater Award, and two-time Helen Hayes Award nominee Janine Gulisano as Sylvia Fine. William Inge's sultry Picnic, about an outsider who disrupts and entices a group of Midwestern women, plays Jan. 2-Feb. 2, 2002. Steven Scott Mazzola directs.
Home of the Brave, Arthur Laurents' Broadway debut as a playwright (1945-46), zeroes in on prejudice, guilt and emotional paralysis in the South Pacific during World War II. TACT co-produces with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville, MD, Feb. 5-March 5, 2002. Ben Fishman directs.
Laughter at Ten O'Clock: Memories of the Carol Burnett Show, directed by TACT artistic director Jack Marshall, recreates sketches from the popular "Carol Burnett Show" of the 1970s. DC's notable comic actors are expected to be cast, with musical guests sending up such '70s icons as Tom Jones and Steve and Eydie. Performances are at Theater on the Run in Shirlington, VA, June 20-July 20, 2002.
A staged reading of Sydney Kingsley's large-cast Detective Story (1949), directed by Richard Henrich, will play spring 2002 at a location yet to be determined.
— By Kenneth Jones