McDonald, Cullum and Kazee Spend One Last Day in the Shade As Revival Ends

News   McDonald, Cullum and Kazee Spend One Last Day in the Shade As Revival Ends The Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade — starring Tony Award winners Audra McDonald and John Cullum with Steve Kazee — ends its limited run July 29.

Audra McDonald in 110 in the Shade.
Audra McDonald in 110 in the Shade. Photo by Joan Marcus

The show began previews April 13 and officially opened May 9 at Broadway's Studio 54 for a run originally scheduled through July 15 before the work extended two weeks.

Lonny Price (A Class Act, "Master Harold"...and the boys) directed the Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones and N. Richard Nash musical for the Roundabout Theatre Company.

110 in the Shade is a musical take on Nash's play The Rainmaker by the team that created The Fantasticks. As production notes reveal, "The mercurial Starbuck (Kazee) promises rain for a drought-stricken town and passion for the stalwart but resigned Lizzie (McDonald)." Cullum plays the role of patriarch H. C. Curry.

The cast also features Broadway newcomer Chris Butler (Yellowman - L.A. Ovation Award), Carla Duren (Hairspray Las Vegas) and Broadway veterans Christopher Innvar (Les Misérables) and Bobby Steggert (Master Harold…and the boys).

The ensemble also includes Elisa Van Duyne, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Valisia Lekae Little, Darius Nichols, Mamie Parris, Devin Richards, Michael Scott, Will Swenson, Matt Wall and Betsy Wolfe. PS Classics released the new cast recording June 5. The CD was recorded April 23 at Legacy Studios.

Dan Knechtges provided choreography, and Paul Gemignani served as musical director. Orchestrations were by Jonathan Tunick. The design team featured Santo Loquasto (sets and costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lighting) and Dan Moses Schreier (sound).

The musical made its Broadway premiere Oct. 24, 1963, at the Broadhurst Theatre starring Inga Swenson and Will Geer under the direction of Joseph Anthony — all three were Tony Award-nominated for their work, as were co-creators Schmidt and Jones. The Roundabout revived the musical's source material, The Rainmaker, in 1999 starring Woody Harrelson and Jayne Atkinson.

Tickets are on sale at the Studio 54 Box Office, 254 West 54th Street, by phone at (212) 719-1300 or online at roundabouttheatre.org.

Audra McDonald and John Cullum in the Roundabout revival of <i>110 in the Shade</i>
Audra McDonald and John Cullum in the Roundabout revival of 110 in the Shade Joan Marcus
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