Featuring direction by Glenn Casale and choreography by Dan Mojica, the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart classic will play UCLA's Freud Playhouse Sept. 9-21 with an official opening set for Wednesday, Sept. 10. Gerald Sternbach is musical director for the production, which features such classic tunes as “Where or When,” “Babes in Arms,” “I Wish I Were in Love Again,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Johnny One Note” and “The Lady Is a Tramp.”
Neil Patrick Harris was most recently on Broadway as the Emcee in the Tony-winning revival of Cabaret. His other stage appearances include the New York company of Proof, the L.A. company of Rent and the Reprise! production of Sweeney Todd. His screen credits include "Undercover Brother," "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "Stark Raving Mad" and "Joan of Arc."
Rachel York portrayed television legend Lucille Ball in the CBS movie "Lucy." A Drama Desk Award-winning actress, York's many stage credits include Kiss Me, Kate; City of Angels; Les Misérables; The Scarlet Pimpernel and Victor/Victoria. She also appeared as Reno Sweeney in the Reprise! staging of Anything Goes.
Ruta Lee began her career as a dancer on the George Burns and Gracie Allen TV show and went on to appear in such films as "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Funny Face," "Witness for the Prosecution" and "Sergeant's Three." On stage Lee has been seen in such musicals as Annie Get Your Gun, Bells Are Ringing, Peter Pan, Mame, Guys and Dolls, Pajama Game, On the Town, Show Boat and Woman of the Year.
The UCLA Freud Playhouse is located within Macgowan Hall. Tickets, priced at $55 and $65, are available by calling the UCLA central ticket office at (310) 825-2101. Go to www.reprise.org for more information. *
Reprise! Broadway’s Best began with a concert version of Promises, Promises starring Jason Alexander, Alan Thicke and Jean Smart. Since that time 20 musicals have been presented; the remainder of the upcoming season will include Kismet (Jan. 20-Feb. 1, 2004) and Company (May 18-30, 2004).