N. Richard Nash's popular comedy, The Rainmaker, will be presented at the Chanhansen Dinner Theatre through Dec. 31.
The Rainmaker is the story of Bill Starbuck, a good-natured con artist who promises some midwestern farmers that he will bring rain to their drought-stricken town. In the process, Starbuck romances one of the farmer's daughter, Lizzie, convincing her of her self-worth.
When The Rainmaker first opened on Broadway in 1954 (starring Geraldine Page and Darren McGavin), its immediate success spurred a film version starring Katherine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster. Nine years later, Nash collaborated with Tom Jones and Harvey Smith of Fantasticks fame to create a musical version of the show, 110 in the Shade, which ran on Broadway for 331 performances.
Chanhassen's production of the non-musical original script will star James Austin Williams and Janet Hayes Trow, and will be directed by Chanhassen Managing Artistic Director, Michael Brindisi.
The Rainmaker will run through Dec. 31 in Chanhassen's Fireside Theatre. For tickets or more information, call (800) 362-3515 or visit the Fireside Theatre Regional Listing at Playbill On-Line. -- By Jackie Mastropolo