Lone Star Love Rides Into Town Off-Broadway Nov. 23

News   Lone Star Love Rides Into Town Off-Broadway Nov. 23 Lone Star Love, the musical comedy which takes William Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor and sets it in post-Civil War Texas, will begin performances Nov. 23 at the Amas Musical Theate at John Houseman Theatre.

Opening night is Dec. 8.

Jay O. Sanders will play the central role of Falstaff. Harriett Foy is Miss Quickly, Dan Sharkey will be Mr. George Page and Kevin Bernard plays Lucas. The roles of Mrs. Margaret Ann Page and Consuela will be portrayed by Stacia Fernandez and Stacey Harris, respectively. Gary Sandy, of "WKRP in Cincinnati" fame, stars as Frank Ford. Shane Braddock is Rugby.

Also in the cast are Beth Leavel as Aggie Ford, Clarke Thorell as Fenton, Peter Connelly as Chester, Drew McVety as Doctor Caius, Nick Sullivan as Sheriff Bob Shallow, Julie Tolivar as Miss Anne Page, Brandon Williams as Abraham Slender and Dana Zihlman as Ruby. In addition, the Red Clay Ramblers will appear as Falstaff's entourage: Clay Buckner as Nym,Chris Frank as Bardolph and Jack Herrick as Pistol. Gary Bristol, Emily Mikesell and David Longworth are also in the band

The show is directed by Michael Bogdanov. Randy Skinner is choreographer.

Lone Star Love is presented by Amas Musical Theater. Lone Star Love was conceived and adapted from the Bard by librettist John L. Haber. It has music and lyrics by Tony winner (and Red Clay Rambers alumnus) Jack Herrick (Fool Moon, Kudzu). In the play, ex-Confederate colonel John Falstaff and his merry men charm their way into the lives of two wealthy ranchers' wives. Sandy plays Frank Ford, one of the husbands of those wives. In a romantic subplot, one of the rancher's daughters is being pursued by several suitors including a yodeling cowboy named Fenton.

The production has contributions from Bland Simpson, Tommy Thompson and director Michael Bogdanov, who has been with the project since helming two developmental NYC workshops — backed by the Dodgers and the Kennedy Center — in 1996 and 1999.

Prior to that, Lone Star Love started at the Alley Theatre in Houston in 1988, followed by a regional staging in 1989 at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Then Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park staged the tuner in 1994. Lone Star Love arrived at Cleveland's Great Lakes Theatre Festival Oct. 18-Nov. 4, 2001.

"It's a cowboy Western, with music not normally what you hear on Broadway," Haber told PBOL in 2000. "Very eclectic, with a vast array of American sounds."

Tickets are $40 during previews, and $50, post-opening. Tickets are available by calling Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.

Gary Sandy (center) leads the company of <i>Lone Star</i> during a rehearsal for the new musical
Gary Sandy (center) leads the company of Lone Star during a rehearsal for the new musical
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