Off-Broadway's Musical Comedy The Thing About Men Gets a New Man

News   Off-Broadway's Musical Comedy The Thing About Men Gets a New Man Danny Gurwin joins the cast of Off-Broadway's The Thing About Men as original star Daniel Reichard leaves the show for personal reasons.
Danny Gurwin.
Danny Gurwin.

Reichard, star of the Off-Broadway musical Radiant Baby, is expected to return to the cast in December. Gurwin takes over the many male roles performed in the show by Reichard. Gurwin recently appeared on Broadway in Urinetown and has also performed in The Full Monty, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Shakespeare's R & J, Forbidden Broadway 2001, A New Brain, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and A Little Night Music at the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change creators Jimmy Roberts and Joe DiPietro unveiled their newest work, The Thing About Men, at Off-Broadway's Promenade Theatre, Aug. 27 after previews beginning Aug. 6.

Mark Clements (Speaking in Tongues) directs Marc Kudisch, Ron Bohmer, Leah Hocking and Jennifer Simard in the production with musical staging by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie).

Billed "a musical comedy affair," The Thing About Men features music by Roberts with book and lyrics by DiPietro. I Love You,... producers Jonathan Pollard and Bernie Kukoff team up with Tony Converse to present the work, which has been in development for a number of years.

The show — once simply called Men — is based on the German filmmaker Doris Dörrie's 1985 movie "Männer" (Men). The plot finds a middle-aged ad exec (Kudisch) who moves out after discovering his wife (Hocking) is cheating on him. The spurned man then takes up residence with an artist (Bohmer) — who is "the other man." The interactions between the love triangle are accented by a male and female narrator-like duo (Gurwin and Simard), who also play all the show's other eclectic and eccentric characters.

For tickets to The Thing About Men at the Promenade, 2162 Broadway (at 76th Street), call (212) 239-6200 or click here. For more information, visit www.thethingaboutmen.com.

<i>The Thing About Men</i>'s original Man (Daniel Reichard) and Woman (Jennifer Simard).
The Thing About Men's original Man (Daniel Reichard) and Woman (Jennifer Simard). Photo by Aubrey Reuben