Tom Wopat dipped his toe into Broadway's 42nd Street the weekend of June 21 to play gruff director Julian Marsh, and then jetted to the historic Barn Theatre in Michigan to play a pre-arranged run of Annie Get Your Gun, but Wopat returns to sing "Lullaby of Broadway" — on Broadway — July 9.
Wopat honored the scheduled Annie gig and returns to the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, which has entrances on 43rd Street and, of course, 42nd Street. Wopat was Tony nominated for playing Frank Butler opposite Bernadette Peters in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway.
Wopat, a Broadway veteran of Guys and Dolls and City of Angels, is widely known for his run in the TV series, "The Dukes of Hazzard." Michael Dantuono played Julian Marsh in Wopat's absence.
Wopat's most recent New York performance was Off Broadway's 9/11 drama, The Guys.
* Wopat played June 21-22 performances of 42nd Street and flew out 6 AM June 23 to rehearse at the Augusta, MI, theatre near Kalamazoo. The "Barnies" had been in rehearsal with Annie Get Your Gun for 10 days.
42nd Street, a 2001 Tony Award winner for Best Musical (Revival), also stars Beth Leavel as Dorothy Brock, Mary Testa as Maggie Jones, Meredith Patterson as Peggy Sawyer, Jonathan Freeman as Bert Barry and David Elder as Billy Lawlor.
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