Patti LuPone to Star as Community Theatre Maven Alongside Michael Urie in Shows for Days Off-Broadway

News   Patti LuPone to Star as Community Theatre Maven Alongside Michael Urie in Shows for Days Off-Broadway
 
Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone will star as a headstrong community theatre diva in the Off-Broadway world premiere of Tony-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane's semi-autobiographical play Shows for Days, which will co-star Michael Urie as the playwright's impressionable and wide-eyed alter ego.

Four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks will direct Shows for Days, which will begin previews June 6 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. An opening night has been scheduled for June 29. Beane is the playwright of The Nance, The Little Dog Laughed, as well as the librettist for Cinderella and Lysistrata Jones.

Patti LuPone and Michael Urie
Patti LuPone and Michael Urie Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

LuPone has been part of private workshops for the play, which marks her first Off-Broadway appearance since The Cradle Will Rock in 1983.

The production reunites LuPone (Gypsy, Evita, Anything Goes) with Urie (Buyer & Cellar, The Temperamentals), who appeared together on the sitcom "Ugly Betty," in which LuPone guest starred as Urie's mother. The two will be joined on stage by Broadway veteran Dale Soules (Hands on a Hardbody, "Orange Is the New Black").

According to LCT, "Shows for Days is playwright Douglas Carter Beane's fond remembrance of his immersion into a life in the theatre. The comedy is set in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1973, when 14-year-old Car, the play's narrator and the author's alter-ego (to be played by Urie), is introduced to the world of theatre through his local community theatre, the Prometheus Theatre, and its devoted cast and crew which is led by Irene (to be played by LuPone), an indomitable force of nature whose life is dedicated to putting on productions she directs, designs, and stars in. Soules will be featured as a member of the theatre troupe."

Additional casting will be announced at a later date. The production will have sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Natasha Katz and sound by Leon Rothenberg.

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