While the 1940 immigrant saga Morning Star continues on the Colony Studio Theatre mainstage in Los Angeles, the second stage will offer a very different show: a zany thriller by Fred Carmichael called Done To Death.
The show, opening Feb. 2 and running through March 7, spoofs such fictional detective legends and Jessica Fletcher (TV's "Murder She Wrote") and Nick & Nora Charles. As the press release says, audiences can "match wits with the witless and follow clues with the clueless."
Colony veteran D. Ewing Woodruff directs Jenifer [sic] Chatfield, John Ross Clark, Melissa Detwiler, Dena Dietrich, Frank Echols, Greg Foran, Judith Goldstein, Chris D. Thomas, Derik Van Derbeken and Clayton Whitfield.
As for Morning Star, it's not to be confused with Marjorie Morningstar or the Broadway-targeted musical, Morning Star. Directed by Scott Segal, this story of a Jewish immigrant family's triumphs and tragedies in turn-of-the-century New York began previews Dec. 4 and opens Dec. 13 for a run through March 8.
Featured in the cast are Leslie Barlett, Gil Bernardy, Francesca Casale, Denise Dillard, Greg Foran, Kelly Foran, David Carey Foster, Ariana Navarre, Tim O'Hare, Brendan Parent, Eileen T'Kaye and D. Ewing Woodruff. Originally, Morning Star opened at the Longacre Theatre, April 16, 1940. For 63 performances, Molly Picon starred as Becky Felderman opposite Joseph Buloff, with a young Sidney Lumet in a supporting role. A 1963 L.A. mounting of the show starred a teen-aged Richard Dreyfuss.
For tickets and information on Morning Star and Done To Death at the Colony Studio Theatre, 1944 Riverside Drive, call (213) 665-0280.
-- By David Lefkowitz