Tallulah May Hit the Road; Looped Producers in Discussions for Tour

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Valerie Harper isn't done slipping into the silk and fur of Tallulah Bankhead in the Broadway comedy Looped. The play closes April 11 at the Lyceum Theatre, but regional markets are itching for the property, she said.

Valerie Harper in Looped
Valerie Harper in Looped Photo by Carol Rosegg

The well-reviewed Harper and her producer-husband Tony Cacciotti told Playbill.com that discussions are ongoing for bookings for a national tour of the biographical play by Matthew Lombardo, directed by Rob Ruggiero.

A launch could be within the 2010-11 season, Cacciotti said, adding that a ten-week engagement in Toronto will be part of the show's future life.

Tony Award voters and potential regional presenters are attending the final weekend at the Lyceum. Set in a sound recording studio, the tale of the late-career stage and screen star Bankhead — who spars with an uptight film editor (played by Brian Hutchison) while a sound engineer (Michael Mulheren) listens in — will have played 27 previews and 25 regular performances by the time it closes.

Looped began Feb. 19 and opened March 14. It had four previous developmental regional productions, always with Harper. The title refers to the film recording term of "looping" — dubbing a line of dialogue over a film scene in the editing process. It's based on a real session that Bankhead engaged in.

Cacciotti said that he lost a "big investor" late in the game and lacked a necessary cushion for advertising that would have pushed the Broadway run into the tourist season.

"We depended on a backer who dropped out," he said.

Harper, beloved for her Emmy Award-winning work as TV's "Rhoda," and a veteran of many stage roles, said that she "adored" Hutchison and Mulheren. They will be invited to tour, but she said she realized that other jobs or obligations in New York City might prevent them from continuing with the show.

Looped is produced by Tony Cacciotti, Chase Mishkin and Leonard Soloway.

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