Lee Roy Reams made his most lasting mark as Billy Lawlor in the original spectacular David Merrick musical 42nd Street. The actor takes another look at the show when he stages and choreographs a new revival at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA, July 30-Aug. 11.
42nd Street recently returned to Broadway in the form of a lavish new mounting by director Mark Bramble and choreographer Randy Skinner. The show, which stars Mary Testa, Michael Cumpsty, Christine Ebersole, Kate Levering and Jonathan Freeman, won a Tony as best revival of a musical. Ebersole, too, won a Tony. The showbiz story, drawing from the 1933 Busby Berkeley film, tells the classic tale of a chorus girl who "goes out there a youngster, but comes back a star."
This production also plays the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine this summer.
The Cape Playhouse's anniversary gala will occur Aug. 19. Many veterans of the theatre are expected to attend. *
The remaining 2001 schedule runs as follows:
• 42nd Street, July 30-Aug. 11
• The Cocktail Hour by A.R. Gurney, Aug. 13-25
• Oil City Symphony, Aug. 27-Sept. 8
The Playhouse was founded by Raymond Moore. The quaint, white shingled, 600-seat theatre was built in 1838 and features a wrap-around balcony. Among the many noteworthy productions to be staged there over the years was a 1937 Hamlet starring Eva LeGallienne in the title role and Uta Hagen, in her professional debut, as Ophelia.
Tickets run $15-$35. The Cape Playhouse is located in Dennis, MA, at 820 Route 6A. For more information, call (508) 385-3911.