Forever Plaid creator Stuart Ross directs Silk Stockings, for which he has penned a revised book based on the original by George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath and Abe Burrows. Featuring a score by Cole Porter, the production runs Nov. 7-23.
Silk Stockings, according to press notes, "tells the story of special envoy Ninotchka Yaschenko (Emery), who is dispatched from the Soviet Union to rescue three foolish commissars from the pleasures of Paris. Romanced by American film director Steven Canfield (Scherer), she eventually comes to recognize the virtues of capitalist indulgence. Other characters include Peter Boroff, Russia's greatest composer, who is being wooed by Janice Dayton, America's swimming sweetheart, to write the score for her first non-aquatic picture, a musical adaptation of 'War and Peace.'"
In addition to Emery ("Hitch") and Scherer (Lovemusik), Silk Stockings features Roberts (Curtains) as Janice Dayton and Taylor (The Producers) as Peter Boroff with Nick DeGruccio, Paul Krepple, Stuart Pankin, Victor Hernandez, Rebecca Johnson, Amy Batchelor, Chris Holly, Allison Little, Morgan Matayoshi, Jo Patrick, Daniel Smith and John Todd.
Lee Martino serves as choreographer for the production with musical direction by Darryl Archibald.
Based on the 1939 Greta Garbo film "Ninotchka," Silk Stockings includes the Porter songs "All of You," "Stereophonic Sound," "Too Bad," "Paris Loves Lovers," "Silk Stockings" and "Fated to Be Mated." Tickets are available by phoning (562) 856-1999. The Musical Theatre West box office is located at 4350 E. 7th Street in Long Beach, CA.