Steel Pier, the latest musical from the team of John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman) begins previews March 27 and will open on Broadway April 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Feb. 10 at the box office and via phone at (212) 307-4100 or (800) 755-4000.
The musical is about marathon-dancing in The Depression of the 1930s--a phenomenon reminiscent of, but not derived from, Horace McCoy's 1935 novel and Sydney Pollack's 1969 film, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
The musical's book, a love story with that chaotic backdrop, is an original by David (And the World Goes 'Round) Thompson.
In fact, the musical will mark a reunion for Thompson, who wrote the book for the Kander & Ebb revue And the World Goes 'Round, Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, Company) choreographer Susan Stroman (Crazy for You, Big, Show Boat) and actress Karen Ziemba -- all of whom worked on And the World Goes 'Round.Steel Pier also will star Gregory Harrison, Daniel McDonald, Debra Monk and Valerie Wright when it opens on Broadway April 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Harrison, who plays Mick, was best known as Gonzo Gates on TV's "Trapper John M.D.," but he's also done theatre, having won Drama-Logue Awards for Picnic (Ahmanson) and Feiffer's Carnal Knowledge (Pasadena Playhouse) and a Best Actor Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for The Hasty Heart.
A Drama Desk winner for And The World Goes `Round, Ziemba appeared in Off-Broadway's 1996 I Do! I Do! revival, and in the Broadway company and national tour of Crazy For You. Other Broadway credits include A Chorus Line, 42nd Street. At NY City Opera, she starred in The Most Happy Fella and 110 In The Shade.
Making his Broadway debut as Bill is film and TV actor Daniel McDonald ("All My Children," Dave).
Debra Monk is a Broadway veteran, having earned a Tony for Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain and a Tony nomination for Picnic. Co-author of Pump Boys And Dinettes and Oil City Symphony, Monk also appeared in Nick & Nora and Prelude To A Kiss.
Wright comes to the show from touring as Lola in the Jerry Lewis Damn Yankees. Other members of the cast of 30 are Alison Bevan, Joel Blum (Lost In Yonkers), Ronn Carroll, Kristen Chenoweth, John C. Havens, Jim Newman, Timothy Warmen, Leslie Bell, Brad Bradley, Rosa Curry, Robert Fowler, Ida Gilliams, Jack Hayes, JoAnn M. Hunter, Mary Illes, Angelique Ilo, John MacInnis, Dana Lynn Mauro, Gregory Mitchell, Casey Nicholaw, Adam Pelty and Sarah Solie Shannon.
Steel Pier was to have been the third Kander & Ebb show on Broadway this season. The revival of their 1975 show, Chicago, preceded Steel Pier into the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and transfers to the Shubert Theatre Feb. 12. But Roundabout Theatre Company's planned revival of Cabaret has been postponed to 1998.
Steel Pier is being produced by Roger Berlind, the same Tony-winning lead-angel who produced City of Angels. He's also preparing Cy Coleman's The Life for Broadway this season.