The show began previews April 13 and opened May 9 at Broadway's Studio 54 for a limited run originally scheduled through July 15. The musical that closed the 2006-2007 Broadway season now adds two weeks of performances through July 29 "due to popular demand," according to a release.
Lonny Price (A Class Act) directed the Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones and N. Richard Nash musical for the Roundabout Theatre Company. Stars McDonald and Cullum were nominated for Tony Awards for their work as well as orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind and the production itself for Best Revival of a Musical.
110 in the Shade is a musical take on Nash's play The Rainmaker by the team that created The Fantasticks. Set in 1936's Texas panhandle, "the mercurial Starbuck (Kazee) promises rain for a drought-stricken town and passion for the stalwart but resigned Lizzie (McDonald)," as production notes reveal. Cullum plays the role of patriarch H. C. Curry.
The cast also features Broadway newcomers Chris Butler (Yellowman - L.A. Ovation Award) and Carla Duren (Hairspray Las Vegas) as well as Christopher Innvar (Les Misérables) and Bobby Steggert (Master Harold…and the boys).
The ensemble also includes Elisa Van Duyne, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Valisia Lekae Little, Darius Nichols, Mamie Parris, Devin Richards, Michael Scott, Will Swenson, Matt Wall and Betsy Wolfe. Dan Knechtges provides choreography. Paul Gemignani serves as musical director. Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick. Dance music is arranged by David Krane. Stephen Gabis serves as dialect coach. Rick Sordelet handles fight direction. Peter Hanson is production stage manager.
Tickets are on sale at the Studio 54 Box Office, 254 West 54th Street, by phone at (212) 719-1300 or online at roundabouttheatre.org.