Tina Landau will direct a new Broadway-bound production of the Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Jule Styne musical, Bells Are Ringing. The show will open at Pasadena Playhouse on Nov. 3, producer Mitchell Maxwell told Playbill On-Line. From there, it will move to Broadway, targeting a Feb. 15, 2001 first preview. Jeff Calhoun will choreograph.
Faith Prince, who starred in Landau's Kennedy Center "Reprise!" concert staging of the musical a couple of seasons back, will star in the upcoming Bells as well. No further casting has been announced. Joyce Van Patten and Alan Campbell co-starred in the Reprise! mounting.
Another concert version of Bells Are Ringing was staged in Los Angeles in May 1999, featuring Carolee Carmello and Stephen Bogardus. Before that, Musical Theatre Guild did a concert staging of Bells, starring Tami Tappan. Directed by Gerry McIntyre, that mounting, too, was at the Pasadena Playhouse.
The musical, originally a star vehicle for Judy Holliday about an answering service operator who gets involved in the lives of her customers, features such tunes as "The Party's Over" and "It's a Simple Little System."
Actress Prince has done much musical work in New York City in recent seasons, from taking over for Blair Brown in James Joyce's The Dead to following Donna Murphy in The King and I. She's best known for her Tony-winning Adelaide in the Guys and Dolls revival. Director Landau's recent Off-Broadway credits include Space and Dream True, and she'll stage The Ballad of Little Jo early this fall at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. Maxwell, Victoria Maxwell and Mark Balsam are the producing team for Bells.