Mario Cantone Begins Life as Laugh Whore of Broadway Oct. 12

News   Mario Cantone Begins Life as Laugh Whore of Broadway Oct. 12 Mario Cantone's solo show, Laugh Whore—the first of many one-person outings scheduled for this Broadway season—begins life at the Cort Theatre on Oct. 12. It is staged by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello.
Mario Cantone
Mario Cantone

Showtime and Jonathan Burkhart present the work, which will open Oct. 24.

Laugh Whore is written and performed by Cantone and features musical numbers composed by tick, tick...BOOM! and Once on This Island actor Jerry Dixon with lyrics by Cantone, Dixon and Harold Lubin. Tom Kitt (Debbie Does Dallas) serves as musical director and arranger.

The solo show was expected to play the Music Box Theatre in January 2003 but was postponed. The actor went on to perform on Broadway in The Violet Hour and then Assassins.

Cantone, known to television audiences as ruthless gay wedding stylist Anthony Marentino on "Sex and the City," has also starred on Broadway in Love! Valour! Compassion!, Off-Broadway in The Crumple Zone and many comedy gigs including spots on "Chappelle's Show" and his own Comedy Central special.

The design team features Robert Brill (set), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhower (lighting) and Tony Meola (sound).

The show was developed from limited engagements at the American Airlines Theatre, where the actor-comedian appeared in An Evening With Mario Cantone. Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked) directed those shows which featured the same musical team and Lisa Leguillo providing musical staging.

In the Evening, Cantone took on many of his staples Judy Garland, Jim Morrison, Peggy Lee and Liza Minnelli in the two-act program.

Other planned Broadway solo shows include Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, Dame Edna: Back With A Vengeance, Whoopi Goldberg's Whoopi, Jackie Mason's Freshly Squeezed and Eve Ensler's The Good Body.

Tickets to Laugh Whore at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.laughwhore.com.

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