As a special promotion between the hours of 10 and 11 AM Aug. 31, the day the box office opens for the Broadway revival of Dames at Sea, dancers (age 18 and up only) will get 60 seconds to demonstrate their own original tap combination for assistant director and choreographer Emily Morgan. The prize? The winner will join the cast of Dames at curtain call of the Gypsy Run (the final dress rehearsal before the first preview).
The competition will take place at the Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th Street, New York.
Less ambitious theatre fans will be able to simply buy tickets. In celebration of the year in which Dames is set, patrons who go to the box office from 10 AM to 6 PM that day will be able to purchase tickets for preview performances for $19.33 each. Limit four per transaction.
Dames at Sea — the 1968 musical that helped launch the career of Tony winner Bernadette Peters — will set sail Sept. 24 prior to an official opening Oct. 22 at the Hayes.
The cast features John Bolton as The Captain/Hennesey, Mara Davi as Joan, Danny Gardner as Lucky, Eloise Kropp as Ruby (the role created by Peters), Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita as Mona Kent and Cary Tedder as Dick. Infinity Theatre Company (Anna Roberts Ostroff and Alan Ostroff) and Perry Street Theatricals (Martin Platt and David Elliott) are producing the musical's Broadway bow, which will be directed and choreographed by three-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner.
With a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, music by Jim Wise, and music supervision and vocal and dance arrangements by Emmy Award winner Rob Berman, Dames at Sea is described as "a tap-happy gem of a show that celebrates the golden era of movie musicals with dazzling dames and a heart as big as the ocean! Ruby steps off a bus in Manhattan, and into her first Broadway show, but hours before the opening night curtain is to rise, the cast learns their theater is being demolished, so it is 'all hands on deck' to find a stage to put on the show."
The musical will feature scenic design by three-time Tony Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by two-time Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, sound design by Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer and casting by Binder Casting.
“This is a triple-threat American musical comedy with a funny, witty book and a wonderfully tuneful score. It's the first time in New York that Dames at Sea will be heard with an orchestra, and the show will have more dancing than ever before with all new dance and vocal arrangements by Rob Berman," said director/choreographer Skinner, "and the Helen Hayes Theatre is the perfect fit for our show."
“Randy’s vision for this first ever Broadway production of Dames at Sea remains true to the original concept of the show, but will raise the bar much higher for our cast and creative team,” added producer Anna Roberts Ostroff. “We are excited to share this beloved musical with Broadway audiences where they can leave their troubles at the door and escape into a world of tap dance, and laughter.”
This will be the first show booked at the Hayes since it was sold in April to Second Stage, formerly an exclusively Off-Broadway theatre company. However, Dames at Sea will not be a Second Stage production, but a commercial rental, like most Broadway productions.
Dames at Sea opened Off-Broadway at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre Dec. 20, 1968, to enthusiastic reviews and quickly transferred to the Theater de Lys on April 22, 1969, where it went on to run for 575 performances. The production starred a young Bernadette Peters as Ruby. The musical successfully crossed the Atlantic twice to play the West End’s Duchess Theatre in 1969 and again in 1989 to play the West End’s Haymarket Theatre.