Pierce, Blazer, James and Testa Star in Doll at Ravinia

News   Pierce, Blazer, James and Testa Star in Doll at Ravinia David Hyde Pierce will star in the new musical Doll, which will play Chicago's Ravinia Festival Sept. 2 and 3.

Variety reports that the cast of the Michael Korie/Scott Frankel musical will also include Judith Blazer, Brian d'Arcy James and Mary Testa. Patti LuPone was originally scheduled to star but another work commitment has forced her to withdraw from the cast. The Tony-winning Evita star will, however, head the cast of Stephen Sondheim's Passion, which will play the Ravinia Aug. 22 and 23. Directed by Lonny Price, Doll concerns the life of Alma Mahler, the 19th-century woman who famously fascinated—and married—three great men of the time: composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius and novelist and poet Franz Werfel ("The Song of Bernadette"). The show was workshopped at Lincoln Center last season. The play specifically deals with Mahler and her love affair with Czech painter Oskar Kokoschka in pre war Vienna.

Doll will play the Ravinia's Bennett-Gordon Hall Sept. 2 and 3 at 8 PM. The Ravinia theatre is located in Highland Park, IL; for more information, go to www.ravinia.org.