The Kurt Weill-Moss Hart musical Lady in the Dark will be performed at the American Century Theatre in Arlington, VA, Apr. 23-May 23.
The production, which is being billed as a "Washington, D.C-area premiere," will bow at the American Century Theatre. Maureen Kerrigan will star and Jack Marshall will direct.
The 1940 Broadway musical, about a female magazine editor who undergoes psychoanalysis, was considered to be quite groundbreaking -- and problematic -- in its day. The initial production starred Gertrude Lawrence and introduced audiences to Danny Kaye (who rattled off the breathakingly fast patter song, "Tchaikovsky"). Other songs in the score include "The Saga of Jenny" and "My Ship."
In 1994, the then-new Encores! series of musicals at City Center produced a staged concert version of Lady in the Dark starring Christine Ebersole. In 1997, the Royal National Theatre in London presented a much-lauded production of the show starring Maria Friedman.
"The Kurt Weill Foundation was excited to hear that we are doing Lady in the Dark," said director Marshall. "They were especially intrigued because we are going to create a small theatre version, while remaining faithful to the exacting requirements of the score. "Once it is demonstrated that Lady in the Dark can be presented without the 80-person cast and full symphonic orchestra of the original production, then it can be performed with the frequency this classic deserves," Marshall concluded.
Lady in the Dark is being performed at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 South Lang St. in Arlington. For more information, call (703) 553-8782.
-- By Rebecca Paller