Stars in Your Eyes features three notable musical theatre actresses: Heather Mac Rae, Barbara Walsh and Crista Moore, as well as young Christy Carlson Romano, who played the doomed Mary Phagan in Parade. Gabriel Barre, a performer in Ain't Broadway Grand and a busy director Off-Broadway and regionally, will helm the new musical at Off-Broadway's Cherry Lane Theatre, opening Oct. 24 after starting previews Oct. 1.
Known as much for being a cabaret singer as an actress, Mac Rae was most recently on Broadway as one of "the lesbians from next door" in Falsettos. Walsh, a Tony and Drama Desk nominee for the same show, also starred in Blood Brothers and Big. Moore, a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee for playing Louise in the Tyne Daly Gypsy revival, co-starred as Josh's grown-up girlfriend in the aforementioned Big.
On the male side, Stars in Your Eyes features David M. Lutken (The Civil War, Woody Guthrie's American Song), James Stovall (a recent Coalhouse Walker in Ragtime) and veteran actor John Braden (The Changing Room, Mary Mary).
Newcomer Chip Meyrelles penned the libretto and score for Stars, which, according to spokespersons from the Barlow/Hartman office, concerns romances sparked by the fabled "man-in-the-moon." Tom Wirtshafter and Planetearth Partners are producing, with Jennifer Paulson Lee providing the choreography.
Designing the twinkle of Stars are James Youmans (set), Tim Hunter (lighting) and Pamela Scofield (costumes). Georgia Stitt serves as musical director. For tickets ($49.50) and information, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By David Lefkowitz