He entered on May 9 and now will exit on June 4. He's the Guardsman, as in Enter the Guardsman, the Scott Wentworth (book)-Marion Adler (lyrics)-Craig Bohmler (music) musical comedy, which officially opened on May 21. The show, which received mixed-to-negative notices, is a production of the Weissberger Theatre Group, plays at the Dimsom Theatre on E. 15th Street.
Robert Cuccioli, most familiar to audiences when dressed in the cape and top hat of Jekyll & Hyde, donned the garb of the title role. Cuccioli received positive notices when he played in Guardsman at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival last fall. In New York, he stars alongside Mark Jacoby, Derin Altay, Buddy Crutchfield, Kate Dawson, Rusty Ferracane and Marla Schaffel. Wentworth directs.
The tuner was nominated for a 1998 Olivier Award for Best New Musical in London and retells Ferenc Molnar's late 19th-century comedy, The Guardsman. The backstage romp concerns a married acting couple who fear that the romance has run cold. The husband impersonates a swashbuckling guardsman, writes love letters to his wife and must eventually meet her in a tryst, in which he hopes she will profess undying love for her husband, instead of the heroic guardsman.
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--By Robert Simonson