Getting and Spending Opens At Bway's Helen Hayes, Oct. 25

News   Getting and Spending Opens At Bway's Helen Hayes, Oct. 25 Getting and Spending, Michael J. Chepiga's "humorous play" about morality, Wall Street and the law, opens Oct. 25 at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre, after starting previews there Oct. 6.

Getting and Spending, Michael J. Chepiga's "humorous play" about morality, Wall Street and the law, opens Oct. 25 at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre, after starting previews there Oct. 6.

Producers of the play aren't calling the work a comedy ("humorous play" is the official dubbing), although the premise involves the potentially outrageous idea of a shrewd trial lawyer (David Rasche) turning his back on the world and taking vows in a monastery. Linda Purl, playing an investment baker accused of insider trading, seeks his help.

Getting and Spending can be considered something of a flip-side to Other People's Money, since here, a Wall-Street hotshot gives all her riches to the poor and homeless. (The problem? She made her killing illegally.)

Previously announced dates for a first preview, Oct. 1, and an opening, Oct. 15, were changed. The play had a summer tryout run at the nonprofit Old Globe Theatre under the direction of John Tillinger, who recreates his staging for Broadway with a slightly different cast.

* Though Karen Allen had originally been mentioned for the lead in Chepiga's play, Purl originated the role of banker Victoria Phillips in San Diego. Purl's stage credits include stints at Long Wharf, Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Rep and the Mark Taper Forum. Rasche (Speed the Plow, Edmond at OB's Atlantic Theatre) is a newcomer to the production. He and Purl will share the Broadway stage with newly-cast Jack Gilpin and Deirdre Lovejoy, plus Old Globe originators MacIntyre Dixon (as Brother Thaddeus and Judge Keefe), Debra Mooney (as the lawyer's sister) and Derek Smith (as Brother Alfred).

Designers are James F. Noone (set), Michael Krass (costumes), Kevin Adams (lighting) and Jeff Ladman (sound). Producers are Martin Markinson, Elsa Haft, Allan M. Shore, Norma Langworthy and Sheilah Goldman.

Among Tillinger's recent credits are Broadway revivals of The Sunshine Boys and Inherit The Wind.

Preview tickets are $35, $60 after opening. For ticket information, call (212) 239-6200.

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