Tony Randall, Jack Klugman and Paxton Whitehead will step into Tom Stoppard's Rough Crossing Apr. 27-May 23 at Miami's Coconut Grove Playhouse. Rough Crossing replaces Kay Mellor's British comedy, A Passionate Woman, originally scheduled for that slot.
Klugman and Randall, famed as TV's "Odd Couple," recently appeared at Coconut Grove in the 1997 revival of The Sunshine Boys, which then transferred to the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. Randall founded the National Actors Theatre, which is currently presenting Night Must Fall. Whitehead, whose TV appearances includes stints on "Mad About You" and "Friends," most recently performed in Ray Clooney's Out of Order in 1997 at the Playhouse. He already has Stoppard experience, having appeared in Artist Descending a Staircase on Broadway.
Rough Crossing takes place on a cruise ship as two playwrights, a cast and a nosy waiter create theatre on the high seas. Other plays by Stoppard include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Indian Ink, The Real Thing and Arcadia. He also co-authored the film "Shakespeare in Love" among others.
A Passionate Woman joins the 1999-2000 season alongside a Broadway bound revival of Finian's Rainbow, the continuation of Luis Sateiro's adaptation of Tartuffe, Mixed Blessings: The Millenium Begins, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance, the Ruth and Augustus Goetz's adaptation of Henry James' The Heiress and Carmen Libre, a musical version of Bizet's opera set in the life of Cuban freedom fighter Carmen.
For tickets to Rough Crossing ($44-$22), call the box office at (305) 442-4000. -- By Christine Ehren