Looped, with Harper and Allen, Begins Florida Engagement Dec. 31

News   Looped, with Harper and Allen, Begins Florida Engagement Dec. 31 Four-time Emmy Award winner Valerie Harper — of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda" fame — stars as the late, legendary actress Tallulah Bankhead in Matthew Lombardo's Looped, which begins performances Dec. 31 at the Cuillo Centre for the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL.

Directed by Rob Ruggiero, the production will play a limited engagement through Feb. 15, 2009. Opening night is scheduled for Jan. 7.

As previously reported, Chad Allen recently replaced Tony winner Jarrod Emick during rehearsals for the show's pre-Broadway engagement at the Florida venue. Allen had created the role of Danny Miller in the world-premiere production of Looped at the Pasadena Playhouse this past summer.

Looped, according to press notes, "tells the story of actress Tallulah Bankhead, the original celebrity bad girl who enters a film studio session to re-record (or 'loop') one line of dialogue for her final film, 'Die, Die My Darling.' What ensues is a showdown between an uptight sound editor and the outrageous legend. Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying that rivaled even today's superstars, including innumerable affairs with both male and female celebrities and outlandish exploits that were too scandalous to mention. Relish in the outrageously naughty wit of this sultry-voiced stage and film star!"

The creative team also includes Adrian W. Jones (scenic design), Alex Jaeger (costume design), Michael Gilliam (lighting design), Michael Hooker (sound design) and Charles LaPointe (hair and wig design).

Looped is being produced by Tony Cacciotti and David Steiner in association with Bob Cuillo. Show times are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM and Sunday at 6 PM.

The Cuillo Centre for the Arts is located at 201 Clematis in West Palm Beach, FL. For tickets, priced $45-$55, call (561) 835-9226 or visit www.cuillocentre.org.

Chad Allen and Valerie Harper in <i>Looped</i>.
Chad Allen and Valerie Harper in Looped.