New Landau-Directed Bells to Open in Pasadena, Nov. 3; Bway Next

News   New Landau-Directed Bells to Open in Pasadena, Nov. 3; Bway Next Tina Landau will direct a new Broadway-bound production of the Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Jule Styne musical, Bells Are Ringing. The show, as yet uncast, will open at Pasadena Playhouse on Nov. 3, producer Mitchell Maxwell told Playbill On-Line (March 17). From there, it will move to Broadway sometime after Jan. 1, 2001.

Tina Landau will direct a new Broadway-bound production of the Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Jule Styne musical, Bells Are Ringing. The show, as yet uncast, will open at Pasadena Playhouse on Nov. 3, producer Mitchell Maxwell told Playbill On-Line (March 17). From there, it will move to Broadway sometime after Jan. 1, 2001.

Jeff Calhoun will choreograph.

Landau directed the tuner a couple seasons back as part of the Kennedy Center's Encores!-like "Reprise!" series of musicals in concert. The production featured Faith Prince, Joyce Van Patten and Alan Campbell. Maxwell said it was too early to tell whether any of the same actors would recreate their roles. In an interview with Playbill On-Line (Sept. 20), Prince said she was hopeful that a talked-about revival of Bells, featuring herself, would reach New York in the fall of 2000, with a regional stop beforehand.

Another concert version of Bells Are Ringing was staged in Los Angeles in May 1999, featuring Carolee Carmello and Stephen Bogardus.

The musical, originally a star vehicle for Judy Holliday about an answering service operator who gets involved in the lives of her customers, features such tunes as "The Party's Over" and "It's a Simple Little System."