As previously reported by Playbill.com, the fourth installment in the Tuna series (the first in ten years) features Williams and Sears performing a host of favorite characters from the Tuna repertoire.
"Arles and Bertha plan to renew their wedding vows, Inita and Helen from the Tastee Kreme take a spin as showgirls, Joe Bob goes on the Rush Limbaugh diet, and Vera and Pearl battle over the slot machines," according to Tuna Does Vegas press notes. "You'll bust out laughing when Leonard's wife accidentally stuffs a $20 bill into a male dancer's underwear and goes back for change. What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas!"
The production includes scenic design by Christopher McCollum, costume design by Linda Fisher, lighting design by David Nancarrow and sound design by Ken Huncovsky.
Penned by Williams, Sears and director Ed Howard, Tuna Does Vegas will run through March 30 at the Bass Performance Hall. Additional stops on the Tuna tour include San Antonio, TX (Nov. 11-16, 2008, at the Majestic Theatre) and San Diego, CA (May 5-10, 2009, at the Balboa Theatre). Additional tour dates are expected, with a possible eye on a sit-down engagement in Las Vegas.
Williams, Sears and Howard have also collaborated on Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas and Red, White and Tuna. A Tuna Christmas landed on Broadway for a limited holiday run in 1994, earning Joe Sears a Best Actor in a Play nomination. Tickets for Tuna Does Vegas are available by calling (817) 332-2272 or by visiting www.casamanana.org.
Tuna Does Vegas will perform at the Bass Performance Hall, located at 525 Commerce Street in Fort Worth, TX.