Kitt, Huffman and Hensley to Star in Kander and Ebb's All About Us at Westport

News   Kitt, Huffman and Hensley to Star in Kander and Ebb's All About Us at Westport Eartha Kitt, Cady Huffman and Shuler Hensley will star in the new Kander and Ebb musical All About Us at the Westport Country Playhouse from April 10-28.
Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt

Gabriel Barre will direct and Christopher Gattelli will choreograph All About Us, which is based on Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Skin of Our Teeth.

The musical "is the story of the bewitched, befuddled and becalmed Antrobus family who have survived a thousand calamities by the skin of their teeth," according to press notes.

Kitt will play Esmeralda, the Fortune Teller. Huffman will play Sabina, the maid, and Hensley will play Mr. Antrobus.

The design team includes James Youmans (sets), Ken Billington (lights), Ann Hould-Ward (costumes) and Brian Ronan (sound). The musical director is Patrick Vaccariello.

The composer John Kander and the lyricist Fred Ebb are the famed songwriting team behind Cabaret and Chicago. All About Us was one of their final collaborations right before Ebb’s death in 2004. The book is by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof). Kitt's most recent show was Mimi le Duck Off-Broadway. The famed concert artist and actress has appeared on Broadway in Bal Negre, Leonard Silliman's New Faces of 1952, Mrs. Patterson, Shinbone Alley, Jolly's Progress, Timbuktu! (Tony nomination), The Wild Party (Tony nomination) and Nine. Her numerous screen credits include the 1965 drama "I Spy," for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award, and the show "Batman," in which she played Catwoman.

Huffman won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and for The Producers and was nominated for the award in 1991 for The Will Rogers Follies. She also appeared on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles, Steel Pier and Big Deal.

Hensley currently stars as Kerchak in Disney's Tarzan on Broadway. He won the Olivier Award and the Tony Award for playing Jud Fry in Trevor Nunn's revival of Oklahoma!. He has also played the title role in Germany's The Phantom of the Opera (in German) and Inspector Javert for a year in the Broadway production of Les Misérables.

Barre was a nominee for the 1989 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Starmites and was nominated for a 2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party at Manhattan Theatre Club. Gattelli's choreography credits include Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, High Fidelity, Adrift in Macao and Altar Boyz.

The Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court in Westport, CT. For more information call the box office at (203) 227-4177 or visit www.westportplayhouse.org.