Durang's Adrift in Macao, With Rupert, Opens in Philly Oct. 19

News   Durang's Adrift in Macao, With Rupert, Opens in Philly Oct. 19 The Philadelphia Theatre Company season begins Oct. 19-Nov. 20 with the world premiere of Adrift in Macao, the new musical comedy with book and lyrics by Christopher Durang, music by Peter Melnick and direction by Sheryl Kaller.
Michael Rupert
Michael Rupert Photo by Aubrey Reuben

A run in New York is expected to follow the Philly engagement. The cast features Rachel deBenedet, Jennie Eisenhower, Michael M. Malone, David McDonald, Orville Mendoza, Michele Ragusa and Michael Rupert.

The musical "is a funny and irreverent musical parody of film noir…mixing together farce, camp and tongue-in-cheek wit." It "spins the tale of five quirky characters stranded in a Casablanca-like locale in the Orient." Rupert, a Broadway veteran of Falsettos and other shows, plays the lead character of Rick.

Adrift in Macao played Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre as part of New York Stage & Film's 2002 summer season. Producers Susan Dietz and Ina Meibach are reportedly behind the future commercial run.

This is the second world premiere for Durang this season, following Miss Witherspoon at the McCarter Theatre earlier this fall.

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