Huffman, Wopat, Burstein to Be in Dec. 6 Reading of Durang's Macao

News   Huffman, Wopat, Burstein to Be in Dec. 6 Reading of Durang's Macao Cady Huffman, Tony-winner from The Producers, and Tom Wopat, late of 42nd Street, will star in a Dec. 6 New York City reading of Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick's tongue-in-cheek musical Adrift in Macao.
Christopher Durang
Christopher Durang Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Also in the reading, to happen at the Peter Norton Space (555 W. 42nd St.) are Danny Burstein, Kaitlin Hopkins, Orville Mendoza, Dana Steer and Elissa Van Duyne. Chris Gatelli is choreographer. The show is preparing for a 2005 New York production. Dates and theatre are yet to be determined.

Adrift in Macao played Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre as part of New York Stage & Film's 2002 summer season. At last report, producers Susan Dietz and Ina Meibach were behind the production, a musical send-up of film noir. Sheryl Kaller, who directed in 2002, will repeat her duties. Musical director is Fred Lassen, according to Theatrical Index. Tom Lynch is providing sets.

No theatre has been identified, but previous reports had the show being staged in either a traditional house or possibly a nightclub.

The story takes place at the "Casablanca"-esque Macao Surf and Turf Nightclub Gambling Casino, which is overseen by one Rick Shaw. There, sex, blackmail, danger and romance transpire.

Durang last had a new work on the New York stage with Playwrights Horizons' premiere of his scathing comedy, Betty Summer's Vacation, arguably the biggest critical hit of his career. Though there was interest in a commercial transfer of the show, it closed after an extended run at PH.

Since then, Durang has penned Macao and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, which played Pittsburgh's City Theatre late in 2002 and starred one of Durang's prime interpreters, Kristine Nielsen.

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