Regina — with Tony Winner LuPone — Plays Kennedy Center March 10-12

News   Regina — with Tony Winner LuPone — Plays Kennedy Center March 10-12
 
The Kennedy Center's mounting of Marc Blitzstein's Regina — starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone in the title role — begins its weekend of performances March 10.

Regina is set in spring 1900 at the Giddens home in Bowden, Alabama. LuPone stars as Regina Giddens opposite Oklahoma! Tony winner Shuler Hensley as Horace Giddens.

The company also features Leena Chopra (Alexandra Giddens), Sheryl Woods (Birdie Hubbard), Marietta Simpson (Addie), Tim Noble (Benjamin Hubbard), Tim Nolen (Oscar Hubbard), Mark Ledbetter (Leo Hubbard), Elmore James (Cal), Eugene Galvin (William Marshall), Sallie Irving (Belle) and Sydney O. Garth (Servant). The ensemble comprises Sandy Bainum, Dorian Balis, Michael Bunce, Josué Boustos, Elaine Dalbo, Erin Driscoll, Mary Gressock, David Kozisek, Matthew Lepold, Edrie Means, Eleni Peyser, Jacqueline Quirk, Thomas Adrian Simpson, Stephen Gregory Smith, Harlie Sponaugle, Jennifer Suess and William Weiss.

Gerald Freedman directs the March 10-12 semi-staged concerts at the famed D.C. theatre. The creative team also includes Steven Mercurio (conductor), Jim Noone (set designer), Kevin Adams (lighting designer), Scott Lehrer (sound designer), Tracey Christensen (costume designer), Colleen Keseterson and Mary Wolfson (assistant costume designers), Paul Huntley (wig designer for LuPone) and Jeffrey Frank (wig designer).

Regina, with music and libretto by Marc Blitzstein, is based on Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. The original production played the 46th Street Theatre Oct. 1949-Dec. 1949. The company included Lillyn Brown as Addie, Donald Clarke as Marshall, Clarise Crawford as Belle, Priscilla Gillette as Alexandra Giddens, Brenda Lewis as Birdie Hubbard, George Lipton as Ben Hubbard, Russell Nype as Leo Hubbard, Jane Pickens as Regina Giddens, Lee Sweetland as Manders, David Thomas as Oscar Hubbard, Peggy Turnley as Ethelinda, William Warfield as Cal and William Wilderman as Horace Giddens.

A Tony Award winner for her work in Evita, Patti LuPone also earned an Olivier Award for her performances in the West End productions of Lés Misérables and The Cradle Will Rock. Her other theatrical credits include Sunset Boulevard, Anything Goes, Oliver!, Working, The Old Neighborhood, Master Class and Pal Joey. LuPone also headlined two solo Broadway concerts, Patti LuPone On Broadway and Matters of the Heart, and received glowing notices for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in the Lincoln Center concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. For the past four summers she has appeared in concert versions of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Passion, A Little Night Music and Sunday in the Park with George at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, IL. Shuler Hensley won a Tony Award for his work as Jud Fry, a role he created on the London stage to Olivier Award-winning effect, in the most recent Broadway revival of Oklahoma!. His other theatrical credits include Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Most Happy Fella. Hensley's numerous screen credits include "Van Helsing," "Ed," "Deadline," "Gary Powers," "Monday Night Mayhem," "Sabrina," "Someone Like You" and "The Bread My Sweet."

Show times are 8 PM March 10, 11 and 12 with a 2 PM matinee on March 12. Visit www.kennedy-center.org for more information.

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