Andrea Chamberlain is Ruby and Joel Carlton is Dick is the Goodspeed Opera House's revival of Dames at Sea, the daffy musical spoof of 1930s movie musicals, April 5-July 6 in East Haddam, CT.
Chamberlain was seen on Broadway as Ramona in Little Me and in Goodspeed's No, No, Nanette. Carlton's Off-Broadway credits include Imperfect Chemistry, Jeffrey and Most Men Are., as well as Goodspeed's No, No, Nanette.
Scott Thompson directs and choreographs the tale of a young chorus girl who becomes a star when the leading lady gets seasick (after the demolition of a theatre leads a troupe to perform on the deck of a battleship). Book and lyrics of the 1968 Off-Broadway hit (which launched the career of Bernadette Peters) are by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, with music by Jim Wise. Goodspeed's opening night is April 26.
The principals, singing comic pastiche numbers such as "Choo Choo Honeymoon," "Raining in My Heart," "Broadway Baby" and "It's You," include Corinne Melançon (as Mona), whose Broadway credits include Kiss Me, Kate, Jekyll & Hyde and Big, and Michael Gruber (as Lucky), featured on Broadway in the original companies of Swing! and Miss Saigon. Paula Leggett Chase (playing Joan) was seen in Broadway's revivals of Kiss Me, Kate and Damn Yankees. The roles of Harry Henessey and the Captain will be played by David Engel, most recently seen on Broadway in Seussical.
F. Wade Russo is musical director. Designers are the design team of Michael Bottari and Ronald Case (sets and costumes) and Tony Tucci (lighting). Goodspeed Musicals' producer is Michael P. Price. Tickets range $22-$47. Goodspeed Opera House is in East Haddam, CT. Its sister theatre, The Norma Terris in Chester, CT, is devoted to developing new works or revised revivals, staged without the benefit (or sting) of theatre critics. They aren't invited. For Goodspeed Musicals information, call (860) 873-8668.
— By Kenneth Jones