The season will open June 19 with a play recently seen Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club, Ron Hitchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias. The madcap comedy about film producer David O. Selznick, director Victor Fleming and screenwriter Ben Hecht and the creation of the script for "Gone With the Wind," will star Brad Oscar of The Producers fame as Selznick. James Brennan directs.
Leslie Uggams will play the mother character created on Broadway by Chita Rivera in John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrance McNally's musical about a mother-daughter reunion, The Rink. Janet Metz will play the daughter. Press materials indicate this version of the seldom-seen show is "newly revised." Michael Unger directs. The show is choreographed by Jennifer Lee and Andrew Gerle will serve as musical director. Dates are July 3-15.
The evergreen Frank Loesser musical Guys and Dolls follows July 17-29. The Damon Runyon-inspired tale of gambling gansters, Salvation Army workers and dance hall girls will be headlined by a trio of Broadway/Off-Broadway names: Jarrod Emick (recently on Broadway in Ring of Fire) as Sky Masterson, Liz Larsen (recently in Hairspray) as Miss Adelaide and Broadway regular Jason Graae (A Grand Night for Singing) as Nathan Detroit. The production will be directed by Mark Martino and choreographed by John McGinnis.
Amy Freed's comedy The Beard of Avon, an Off-Broadway hit in 2004, come next, July 31-Aug. 12. The play, which plays with eternal academic question of who really wrote Shakespeare’s works, will star Juliet Mills, Jeremey Webb and Ian Kahn and is directed by Russell Treyz. Pete 'n' Keely, the Off-Broadway musical comedy showbiz spoof which played Off-Broadway in 2001, will take root at the Playhouse Aug. 14-26, starring its original New York duo, Sally Mayes and George Dvorsky. They play the "America's swingin' sweethearts" (now divorced) Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, who reunite in 1968 for a live television special. The show is written by James Hindman and directed by Mark Martino.
The last slot of the season, Aug. 28-Sept. 9, will be filled by A.R. Gurney's Man and Wife and Dog comedy Sylvia. Pamela Hunt will direct Linda Dano as the wife and Colleen Quinlan as pooch Sylvia in the piece.
The Playhouse was founded by Raymond Moore. A former Unitarian Meeting House, the quaint, white shingled, 600-seat theatre features a wrap-around balcony. The theatre opened in 1927 with a production of The Guardsman starring Basil Rathbone. Among the many noteworthy productions to be staged there over the years was a 1937 Hamlet starring Eva LeGallienne in the title role and Uta Hagen, in her professional debut, as Ophelia. Bette Davis, who spent teenage summers on Cape Cod, acted there, as did Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes and Gertrude Lawrence, who met and married her husband Richard Aldrich (who ran the theatre for many years) at the Playhouse. Shirley Booth acted there so often, she kept her Oscar there.
The Cape Playhouse is located in Dennis, MA, at 820 Route 6A. For more information, call (508) 385-3911.