Hecht, Ballard, Seal, Vaughn Star in Harwood's Quartet at Berkshire Fest, July 9-27

News   Hecht, Ballard, Seal, Vaughn Star in Harwood's Quartet at Berkshire Fest, July 9-27 Ronald Harwood's play, Quartet, will be played by an esteemed quartet of performers in its July 9-27 U.S. premiere at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

Ronald Harwood's play, Quartet, will be played by an esteemed quartet of performers in its July 9-27 U.S. premiere at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

Kaye Ballard, Paul Hecht, Elizabeth Seal and Robert Vaughn will essay the play's four retired opera singers, who now reside in a managed-care facility. The four characters once starred in a famous production of Verdi's Rigoletto. When the recording is reissued, however, it is not a cause for celebration, but a reason to reexamine their pasts and identities.

Vivian Matalon (who helmed the lauded Morning's at Seven in 1980) will direct the piece.

Vaughn is the original Man from U.N.C.L.E., Napoleon Solo, from the popular television spy series of the same name. His film credits, in which he typically played a smooth, icy villain, include "The Young Philadelphians," "The Magnificent Seven" and "Bullitt."

Hecht recently returned to Broadway after a long absence in Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love. Earlier credits include the original productions of 1776, The Rothschilds and Stoppard's Night and Day and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Ballard stole the show as Helen In the original production of the musical adaptation of the Iliad and the Odyssey, The Golden Apple. She later appeared in Carnival and two one-woman shows. She toured in 2001 as Jeanette in The Full Monty.

Finally, Seal won a Tony Award in 1961 for the title role in Irma La Douce, but has been little seen since. Her last Broadway appearance was in a 1983 revival of The Corn Is Green.

Harwood is the author of The Dresser.

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Kate Levering, PJ Benjamin, Alyson Reed, Lovette George and Joel Blum will star in the Berkshire Theatre Festival's U.S premiere of a musical by lyricist-librettist Dick Vosburgh and composer Denis King, A Saint She Ain't.

The show will run July 30-Aug. 10 and then travel to the Westport Country Playhouse, where it will run Aug. 28-Sept. 14.

Levering's progress on Broadway has been swift. She went from a small supporting role in the recent Susan Stroman revival of The Music Man to playing Peggy Sawyer in the splashy remounting of 42nd Street to a romantic lead in Harry Connick, Jr.'s first musical, Thou Shalt Not.

Blum is well remembered from his nimble-footed turns in Steel Pier and Show Boat. PJ Benjamin played Amos in Broadway's Chicago.

Writer Dick Vosburgh penned much of the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical concoction, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine.

Eric Hill will direct the "Hollywood-inspired musical" in which each character is based on renowned Tinseltown figures, such as Mae West and W.C. Fields. The play, roughly based on Moliere's Le Cocu Imaginaire, concerns a couple of young lovers who mistakenly believe the other is being untrue.

A Saint She Ain't debuted at the UK's King's Head Theatre a couple seasons back and then transferred to the West End.

—By Robert Simonson