Tony Winner Emick Will Join Emmy Winner Harper for Looped in Florida

News   Tony Winner Emick Will Join Emmy Winner Harper for Looped in Florida Four-time Emmy winner Valerie Harper — of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda" fame — will again portray the late actress Tallulah Bankhead when Matthew Lombardo's Looped plays the Cuillo Centre for the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL.

Valerie Harper in Looped.
Valerie Harper in Looped.

Directed by Rob Ruggiero (Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn), the comedy — billed as "pre-Broadway engagement" — will begin previews Dec. 31 prior to an official opening Jan. 7, 2009. Performances will continue through Feb. 15, 2009.

Damn Yankees Tony winner Jarrod Emick will co-star.

Looped, according to press notes, "tells the story of actress Tallulah Bankhead, the original celebrity bad girl who enters a film studio session to re-record (or 'loop') one line of dialogue for her final film, 'Die, Die My Darling.' What ensues is a showdown between an uptight sound editor and the outrageous legend. Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying that rivaled even today's superstars, including innumerable affairs with both male and female celebrities and outlandish exploits that were too scandalous to mention. Relish in the outrageously naughty wit of this sultry-voiced stage and film star!"

Looped recently played a sold-out run at the Pasadena Playhouse. Playwright Matthew Lombardo has also penned Tea at Five, Mother and Child and Guilty Innocence.

The creative team also includes Adrian W. Jones (scenic design), Alex Jaeger (costume design), Michael Gilliam (lighting design), Michael Hooker (sound design) and Charles LaPointe (hair and wig design).

Looped is being produced by Tony Cacciotti and David Steiner in association with Bob Cuillo.

Show times are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM and Sunday at 6 PM.

The Cuillo Centre for the Arts is located at 201 Clematis in West Palm Beach, FL. For tickets, priced $45-$55, call (561) 835-9226 or visit www.cuillocentre.org.

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