Florence Lacey Will Star in Signature's Sunset Boulevard; Season Announced

News   Florence Lacey Will Star in Signature's Sunset Boulevard; Season Announced Signature Theatre Company's 2010-11 season in Arlington, VA, will feature Broadway's Florence Lacey as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, and three world premieres, including the musical Wheatley's Folly.
Florence Lacey
Florence Lacey

Signature's artistic director Eric Schaeffer announced the season on Feb. 24.

Also expected are productions of the musical Chess; a revival of Side by Side by Sondheim; and the world premieres of plays by Ken Ludwig and Joe Calarco, plus a revival of Yasmina Reza's Art.

Schaeffer will direct Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard, about the fading silent screen star Norma Desmond, for a run of Dec. 7, 2010-Feb. 13, 2011. Lacey is known for Broadway's Evita and The Grand Tour, and Signature's Follies.

Signature will produce the region's first major production of Chess (Aug. 10–Sept. 26), "the cult musical of Cold War competition in love and chess" by lyricist Tim Rice and composers Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

Signature's American Musical Voices Project will offer its third world premiere: Wheatley's Folly (March 15–April 10, 2011), Joseph Thalken and Mark Campbell's "manic backstage take on the 1866 creation of the first musical comedy." Schaeffer will direct. The revue Side by Side by Sondheim will play April 26-June 12, 2011.

All four musicals will take place in Signature's 276-seat MAX Theatre.

Crazy for You and Lend Me a Tenor playwright Ludwig's new romp, A Fox on the Fairway (Oct. 12 – Nov. 14, 2010), will play The MAX. It concerns "the antics of the golf-crazed denizens of two competing country clubs," directed by John Rando, the Tony-winning director of Broadway's Urinetown.

In the 110-seat ARK Theatre, New York-based director, playwright, and Signature artistic associate Joe Calarco will introduce his new "comedy of the culture wars," Walter Cronkite Is Dead (Oct. 26–Dec. 19).

The 1998 Tony Award-winning comedy Art will play March 29–May 22, 2011, in The ARK.

Signature also has five cabaret weeks planned, from Julia Nixon and Katie Thompson (the red-headed Vashti in last year's Giant) to the Lost Songs of Broadway, Broadway Duets and the annual Holiday Cabaret.

Subscription packages are now on sale by calling Signature's box office at (703) 820-9771. Single tickets will go on sale in July, with the exception of Sunset Boulevard, which will not go on sale until fall 2010.

For more information, visit signature-theatre.org.

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