In the film of the classic musical, Jones played ingénue Laurey. Now, she'll play the sage Eller, who knows her way around a butter churn — and a rifle. The staging in Pittsburgh will run June 19-July 1.
Jones won a 1960 Academy Award for playing Lu Lu Bains in the film "Elmer Gantry," and famously starred in TV's "The Partridge Family."
On June 2, she will receive the Richard Rodgers Award at the Pittsburgh CLO Guild's Pink Frolic Ball.
Pittsburgh CLO also announced that television, film and stage star Stacy Keach will join the cast of the Irving Berlin classic White Christmas in the role of General Waverly. Keach is known for TV's "Mike Hammer," and for classical roles on stage. He toured with the musical Barnum as well. His Broadway credits include Deathtrap, Solitary Confinement and The Kentucky Cycle, for which he won a Helen Hayes Award. Keach was last seen at CLO in the 1991 production of Camelot. White Christmas runs July 3-15.
Performers in the CLO's 2007 season include the previously announced Sally Struthers and Robert Newman (The Full Monty), Dee Hoty and Jacob Brent (Cats), Matt Bogart (Oklahoma!), George Dvorsky and Christina Saffran Ashford (White Christmas) and Michael York (Lerner & Loewe's Camelot). For more information, visit www.pittsburghclo.org.