Two of the theatre's more sought-after leading ladies, Debbie Gravitte (formerly Debbie Shapiro Gravitte) and Rebecca Luker, will join Whistle Down the Wind's Davis Gaines for the final City Center's Encores! presentation, May 1-4. Rodgers and Hart's The Boys From Syracuse is the third "Great American Musical in Concert" this season, after critically-acclaimed productions of Sweet Adeline and Promises, Promises.
Gravitte, who won a Tony for her work in Jerome Robbins' Broadway, will have the role of Luce and get the chance to sing "He and She" and "Oh, Diogenes!" Luker, who thrilled audiences with her glorious soprano in The Secret Garden, will play Adriana and sing "Falling In Love With Love" and will join Gravitte and another rising star, Sarah Uriarte, on "Sing for Your Supper."
The complete cast list follows:
Police Sergeant: PATRICK QUINN Duke of Ephesus: ALLEN FITZPATRICK Corporal: JOHN WILKERSON Dromio of Ephesus: MICHAEL McGRATH Antipholus of Ephesus: MALCOLM GETS A Tailor: DANNY BURSTEIN Antipholus of Syracuse: DAVIS GAINES Dromio of Syracuse: MARIO CANTONE A Merchant of Syracuse: JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ Luce: DEBBIE GRAVITTE Adriana: REBECCA LUKER Luciana: SARAH URIARTE Sorcerer: JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ Courtesan: JULIE HALSTON Fatima, Secretary to Courtesan: RACHEL JONES Angelo the Goldsmith: MEL JOHNSON, JR. A Merchant of Ephesus: DANNY BURSTEIN Seeress: MARIAN SELDES Ladies of the Ensemble: REBECCA EICHENBERGER, SUSAN EMERSON, RACHEL JONES, SHERYL McCALLUM, ALET OURY Dancers: SEAN GRANT, SEAN MARTIN HINGSTON, DARREN LEE, LISA A. MAYER, CAROL LEE MEADOWS, AMIEE TURNER
The Boys from Syracuse will play five performances, beginning Thursday, May 1. For tickets and further information, call City Center CityTix at 212-581-1212. That's all for now. Happy diva-watching!
-- By Andrew Gans
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