The first collaboration between Tony Award-winning producer Stewart F. Lane and former New York Post theatre columnist Ward Morehouse III will see its world premiere in Atlanta under its new name, If It Was Easy... The world premiere run of If It Was Easy... will take place on the main stage of Atlanta's 20-year-old 7 Stages theatre. Previews begin July 18. The show opens July 20 for a scheduled run ending Aug. 6.
Lane told Playbill On-Line that while If It Were Easy... features contemporary themes, it was written in the collaborative style of the past whereby producers were often expected to be more closely associated with creative development than they are today. Despite nine revisions, Lane said, the play is still about a Sinatra musical which "becomes a runaway hit when the mob gets involved." The comedy will star Kevin Dobson ("Knots Landing," "Kojak") and Bonnie Comley ("Nightlife TV"). Emmy-nominated Dobson was in the Royal George Theatre production of Art in Chicago and has appeared in 14 television movies.
Lane will also helm the production, which is described in press materials as being written "in the style of The Front Page and [HBO's] `Sex in the City.'" Lane's recent directing credits include A.R. Gurney's The Golden Age at Nantucket's Actors Theatre and a University of Oklahoma production, Accentuate the Positive, written by Frederick Stroppel. Two staged readings of If It Were Easy were also directed by Lane.
Tickets range from $15-$20. 7 Stages is located at 1105 Euclid Ave., in Atlanta. For tickets call (404) 523-7647.
-- By Murdoch McBride