The musical about sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, his wife and their male lover, was embraced in a Chicago non-Equity production, but did not translate with a new creative team and a cast in the Equity New York staging, which had two directors attached — Pamela Hunt, who parted ways with the producers while the show was in previews, and Ethan McSweeny, who came in and worked with the company on refinements. Neither director is credited in the opening night Playbill.
(The critics were kinder to the actors than to the production, especially gushing over Jennifer Simard as Mrs. Kinsey; the actress has also been praised for her inspired comic work in The Thing About Men and Forbidden Broadway.)
By close, it will have played 24 previews and 22 regular performances. (An initial closing announcement by the producers incorrectly indicated 45 regular performances.)
Richard Ericson and Greg Young are presenting Dr. Sex, which has a score by Larry Bortniker, with book by Larry Bortniker and Sally Deering. Dr. Sex has choreography by Mark Esposito. Patrick Vaccariello (Cabaret, Boy From Oz, the upcoming revival of A Chorus Line) serves as musical supervisor.
Dr. Sex was developed at BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop; Stages 2002, Theater Building Chicago; and the ASCAP at Disney Workshop. It subsequently had its world premiere at the Bailiwick Theatre, where it became a hit of the Chicago season. Brian Noonan heads the cast in the title role of Dr. Alfred Kinsey. Jennifer Simard, a three-time Drama Desk nominee, plays his devoted wife, Clara Kinsey. Christopher Corts plays Wally, their boyfriend. Also featured in the cast are Jared Bradshaw, Linda Cameron, David Edwards, Christy Faber, Colleen Hawks, and Benjie Randall.
Performances began Aug. 26. Tickets for all remaining performances will be $70 and may be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or online at www.TicketCentral.com . More information is available online at www.drsexthemusical.com.