Broadway performers Karen Mason and Lara Teeter could not claim to have performed in a musical with a Major League shortstop, but on July 19 that will change.
The former stars of Sunset Boulevard and On Your Toes, respectively, will share the stage with former St. Louis Cardinal baseball player Ozzie Smith for the opening of The Muny Goes British, a revue at The Muny, the famed outdoor venue in St. Louis. Performances continue to July 25.
Smith, a retired Hall of Famer, made his stage debut at The Muny in 1998 in Damn Yankees. He's reportedly an agile dancer who can carry a tune, although there's a light sing-speak quality to his vocal talent, according to one insider. "He does the Rex Harrison thing," a spokesperson told Playbill On-Line July 19.
The new revue features songs of British musical theatre, ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Noel Coward and Lionel Bart to Anthony Newley and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Smith will sing "Never Too Late" and "The You Don't Want to Play With Me Blues" from The Boyfriend.
In addition to Mason and Teeter, the cast includes Jeanne Trevor, Stacey Logan (Paper Mill's Crazy For You), New York cabaret artist Steve Ross, Judy McLane (Broadway's Aspect of Love), Sarah Pfisterer (an alum of the tour of The Phantom of the Opera) and Nat Chandler (The Scarlet Pimpernel). Ken Page was going to be among performers, but he accepted the offer to step into Broadway's It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues.
Musical numbers in the revue include "We Sail the Ocean Blue," "Consider Yourself," "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina," "All I Ask of You," "Memory" and more.
For information, call (314) 534-1111.
-- By Kenneth Jones