Dukakis, Rae, Irving, Dishy, Cook and More Cast in Encores!' 70 Girls 70

News   Dukakis, Rae, Irving, Dishy, Cook and More Cast in Encores!' 70 Girls 70 A host of seasoned stage veterans, including Olympia Dukakis, Charlotte Rae and George S. Irving, have been cast in the March 30-April 2 Encores! concert staging of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb's 70, Girls, 70.
Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Olympia Dukakis will be making her debut in a Broadway musical. Also in the cast is MGM movie alumnus Carleton Carpenter. Joining them will be Broadway musical pros Ronn Carroll ( Broadway debut: 1966); Carole Cook (the original 42nd Street); Bob Dishy (Broadway debut: 1960; Tony nominee for Sly Fox); George S. Irving (Broadway debut: 1943; Tony for Irene); Anita Gillette (Broadway debut: 1959; Tony nominee for Chapter Two); and Charlotte Rae (Broadway debut: 1952; Tony nominee for Pickwick and Morning, Noon and Night). Carpenter has a handful of Broadway credits dating back to 1944, but is best remembered for three MGM Musicals he made in 1950—Summer Stock, Two Weeks With Love and Three Little Words—in which he often played opposite Debbie Reynolds.

Kathleen Marshall, hot off her success with The Pajama Game, will direct and choreograph. Paul Gemignani is Music Director.

70, Girls, 70 originally featured a cast of seniors, including Mildred Natwick, Lillian Roth, Lillian Hayman and Hans Conried. David Burns died of a heart attack during the Philadelphia tryout. The Broadway run lasted 35 performances.

The 70, Girls, 70 score, which offers vaudeville-style turns mixed into a loose plot, includes "Home," "Go Visit Your Grandmother," "Do We?," "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup," "Old Folks," "Yes," "The Elephant Song," a title song, "Hit It, Lorraine" and more. In the conceit, the performers would turn to their musical director with the cue, "Hit it, Lorraine."

Kander and Ebb wrote songs for Cabaret, Chicago, Zorba, Woman of the Year, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Steel Pier, The Happy Time, The Rink, The Visit and more.

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