The new engagement is presented by the Peccadillo Theater Company along with Jonathan Reinis Productions, Jeffrey Sine and The StoryLine Project. The original cast will remain intact. Opening is Nov. 28.
The John Murray and Allen Boretz comedy is best known as a 1938 film vehicle for the Marx Brothers. It debuted on Broadway in 1937 and was directed by George Abbott. The cast included Sam Levene, Eddie Albert and Betty Field. The show ran a solid 500 performances at the Cort Theatre. A 1953 Broadway revival, with Jack Lemmon and John Randolph, had a brief life. In 1970, Ron Liebman starred in an Off-Broadway revival, and 16 years later the Roundabout Theater Company produced a revival starring Mark Hamill.
The simple plot involved a theatrical producer who is holed up in a Times Square hotel with 19 actors and a novice playwright just in from Oswego, New York. The scheming producer tries to court an investor for the show, while simultaneously dodging the hotel manager's many attempts to collect on the overdue bill.
Cast as the unscrupulous producer is David Edwards, seen in the national tour of the The Producers . Also in the cast are Fred Berman, Dale Carman, Sterling Coyne, Scott Evans, Blythe Gruda, Robert O'Gorman and Kim Rachelle.
Scenic design is by Chris Jones, costume design by Gail Cooper-Hecht and lighting design by Jeffrey Salzberg.