Luke Macfarlane Will Star in Show Tune-Studded Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir in Pittsburgh

News   Luke Macfarlane Will Star in Show Tune-Studded Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir in Pittsburgh
Luke Macfarlane, star of the TV series "Brothers & Sisters" and Broadway's recent Tony Award-winning production of The Normal Heart, will play the title role in the fall world premiere of Keith Bunin's 1950s-set Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir at City Theatre in Pittsburgh.

Luke Macfarlane
Luke Macfarlane

Mark Rucker will direct the play, which features music by Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and the Gershwin brothers. Performances will play on City Theatre's intimate Hamburg Studio Stage Nov. 12-Dec. 18. Opening night is Nov. 18.

According to City Theatre notes, "The drinks and the music flow at the legendary Bon Soir. In 1958 Greenwich Village, a young singer and his band take the stage for a final performance before he quits New York City forever. While a chair he's holding for a special someone sits empty all night, Sam Bendrix tells a classic tale of an era not yet ready for the revolutionary changes on the horizon."

Macfarlane recently played Scotty Wendell on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters. His credits also include FX's "Over There" and the feature film "Kinsey."

"Sam Bendrix requires an actor loaded with charisma and charm," City Theatre artistic director Tracy Brigden said in a statement, "someone who can tell an emotional story, and — most importantly — someone who can perform these wonderful songs. Luke's magnetic star power on the very intimate Hamburg stage is going to make for an unforgettable evening of theatre."

City Theatre will announce the entire production team, including musicians and designers, shortly.


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