LuPone, who has made a mini-career for herself starring in brief runs of musicals in concert, and recently scored a triumph in the Encores! presentation of Can-Can, will star in Regina at the Concert Hall in February 2005. Directing will be Lonny Price, who has guided her through Can-Can, Passion and Sweeney Todd. Regina, with a score by Marc Blitzstein, is based on Lillian Hellman's classic The Little Foxes.
The staging is part of the new Kennedy Center series, "A New America: The 1940s and the Arts."
The season at the Washington, DC, institution begins with James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll in a staged reading of Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond at the Eisenhower Theatre in fall 2004. Jones will play Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Carroll is his wife Ethel in the well-known story of marriage, family and aging. The engagement marks a rare stage performance for Jones, who, since winning a Tony for Fences in the '80s, has devoted much of his energy to film, television and Verizon commercials. Carroll won her Tony for the musical for No Strings.
Also on the agenda are a new revival of the musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie in December 2004; a new production of the military comedy Mister Roberts in March 2005 ( also part of "A New America: The 1940s and the Arts"), directed by Robert Longbottom; and a visit from the Broadway smash Hairspray in July 2005.
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