Legendary director-choreographer-dancer Stanley Donen is taking to the stage one more time. Capitalizing on his warm reception at this year's Oscar telecast, where he was presented with a special award, the 74-year-old hoofer is preparing a one-man show for a nationwide tour.
Donen's spokesman Lee Solters said the show, to be presented by Irvin Arthur, will consist of Donen's anecdotes and remembrances, backed up by film clips of his work. Among the films expected to be used are such classic movie musicals as On the Town, It's Always Fair Weather, and Singin' in the Rain (all collaboration with frequent Donen colleague Gene Kelly), as well as Funny Face, Anchors Aweigh, Royal Wedding, and Cover Girl. Also featured will be clips from Donen's non-musical film work, including Indiscreet, Charade, and Two for the Road.
Solters said that Donen would also most likely indulge in a little soft shoe, though there would be no "production numbers." The show will play intimate theatres in such cities as Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. The tour is set begin in late 1998 or early 1999. Specific dates and venues will be announced later this year.
Asked if Donen was up to the rigors of a national tour, Solter replied, "Oh, yeah. Listen, they're all hams."
Donen began his career on Broadway in 1940 as a chorus boy in Pal Joey. The next year he assisted Kelly on the choreography of Best Foot Forward. -- By Robert Simonson