Tony Roberts and Derek Cecil Headline Sleuth at Bay Street; La Cause Added to Pippin

News   Tony Roberts and Derek Cecil Headline Sleuth at Bay Street; La Cause Added to Pippin Tony Roberts and Derek Cecil will star in the Bay Street Theatre's production of Sleuth, Anthony Shaffer's popular, two-hander thriller about sexual rivalry and gamesmanship between two men.

It will play July 12-July 31 at the Sag Harbor, Long Island theatre. Will Frears directs.

Broadway and Off-Broadway veteran Roberts' recent credits include Endgame at Irish Rep and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Cecil is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theatre and has performed at Urban Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the American Conservatory Theatre. Roberts will star in Broadway's Barefoot in the Park in 2006.

Sleuth concerns a writer, Andrew Wyke (Roberts), who decides to seek revenge on callow hairdresser Milo Tindle (Cecil), who stole his wife away. After luring the younger man to his country home, the two rivals indulge in twisted gamesmanship, deception and disguises to prove who is the better man. Anthony Quayle and Keith Baxter starred in the original Broadway production.

In other news, Sebastian La Cause has been added to the cast of the Bay Street Theatre's summer staging of Stephen Schwartz's musical Pippin. He will play Lewis, the stupid and devious stepbrother of Pippin.

David Larsen, most recently a sun-seeking teen in the Broadway musical Good Vibrations, will play the title role. Also cast is Rachel York as Catherine, the devoted woman who invites Pippin to try domestic life with her. York was seen last season in Dessa Rose at Lincoln Center Theater. Larry Keith will be Charles, the king, and Alice Playten is Bertha. B.D. Wong, meanwhile, will be the Leading Player, the omniscient narrator part created by Ben Vereen on Broadway. Karen Ziemba will play Pippin's sexy, scheming stepmother Fastrada.

The show will play the Sag Harbor, Long Island, theatre Aug. 9-Sept. 4.

Jack Hofsiss will direct the musical, which will conclude the season. Joey McKneeley (The Boy From Oz) will choreograph. John McDaniel will be music director.

Bob Fosse directed and choreographed the original 1972 Broadway production of Pippin, imposing his conceptual vision onto the bittersweet fairytale that Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson created. John Rubinstein played the searching Pippin ("Corner of the Sky," "With You"), Jill Clayburgh was his love interest ("I Guess I'll Miss the Man," "Kind of Woman"), Leland Palmer his evil stepmother and Irene Ryan was Pippin's feisty grandmother ("No Time At All"). The show ran 1,944 performances.

From Left: Tony Roberts, Will Frears and Derek Cecil in rehearsal for <i>Sleuth</i>
From Left: Tony Roberts, Will Frears and Derek Cecil in rehearsal for Sleuth Photo by David Rodgers
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