Directed by Tom Mills with musical direction by Bill Stanley, the company features Blake Hackler as Jack Worthing, Lauren Molina as Gwendolen Fairfax, Nick Dalton as Algernon Moncrieff, Melissa Bohon as Cecily Cardew, Deborah Jean Templin as Lady Bracknell, Sarah Dacey Charles as Miss Prism, William Ryall as Reverend Dr. Chasuble, Roger Rifkin as Perkins, Selby Brown as Lane, Katherine McClain as Effie and Kathryn Feeney as Alice. The ensemble comprises Robert Anthony Jones, Jody Cook, Joseph Torello and Michael Jennings Mahoney. Ernest in Love is described thusly: "Algernon has a best friend, Jack Worthing, who pretends he has a wastrel brother named Ernest, who lives in London. Jack wishes to marry Gwendolen, Algernon's cousin, but she seems to love him only because his name is Ernest, and her mother, Lady Bracknell, is horrified when she learns that Jack was adopted as a toddler when he was discovered in a handbag at a railway station. Algernon falls in love with Jack's ward, Cecily, who believes herself in love with Ernest - the non-existent brother she has never met." Song titles include "Mr. Bunbury," "Metaphorically Speaking" and "A Handbag Is Not a Proper Mother."
The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located in Manhattan at 2162 Broadway at 76th Street. Tickets, priced at $20, are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com.
Musicals Tonight!, which was founded by Mel Miller in 1998, has revived 37 classic musicals staged in concert form. The next offering in the series will be Irene, April 17-29.