The official Reprise! website says that Tony Award winner Len Cariou will head the cast of Kismet, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Reprise! will mount its production Jan. 20-Feb. 1, 2004. Featuring a score by Alexander Borodin, Robert Wright and George Forrest, Kismet boasts such songs as “Stranger in Paradise,” “Baubles Bangles and Beads” and “And This Is My Beloved.” Arthur Allan Seidelman, who helmed the Reprise! mountings of Hair, Follies, Mack and Mabel, Of Thee I Sing and The Boys From Syracuse will direct; Rob Barron will supply the choreography.
Len Cariou won a Tony Award for his performance in the title role of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. He also received Tony nominations for his work in Applause and A Little Night Music. Cariou’s other Broadway credits include Proof, The Dinner Party, Teddy & Alice, Dance a Little Closer, Cold Storage, Don’t Call Back, Night Watch and King Henry V. Cariou recently starred in the National Actors Theatre's production of The Persians.
Reprise! Broadway’s Best began with a concert version of Promises, Promises starring Jason Alexander, Alan Thicke and Jean Smart. Since that time 20 musicals have been presented at the UCLA Freud Playhouse, which is located within Macgowan Hall. Tickets, priced at $50 and $60, are available by calling the UCLA central ticket office at (310) 825-2101. Go to www.reprise.org for more information.
The final concert production of the season will be Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical Company, May 18-30. David Lee, who created the television series “Wings” and “Frasier” will direct the musical, which features a book by George Furth and such Sondheim favorites as “Being Alive,” “Getting Married Today,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Barcelona,” “Sorry Grateful” and the title tune.