Walter Bobbie and Judy Kaye Face the Music March 29-April 1 at City Center

News   Walter Bobbie and Judy Kaye Face the Music March 29-April 1 at City Center The City Center Encores! production of Face the Music, the 1932 Irving Berlin-Moss Hart musical, begins its limited engagement at the New York City venue March 29.
Meredith Patterson and Jeffry Denman star in Face the Music.
Meredith Patterson and Jeffry Denman star in Face the Music. Photo by Joan Marcus

Directed by John Rando, the starry cast includes Walter Bobbie as Hal Reisman, Judy Kaye as Myrtle Meshbesher, Lee Wilkof as Martin Van Meshbesher, Meredith Patterson as Kit Bauer, Jeffry Denman as Pat Mason, Eddie Korbich as Joe Malarky, Mylinda Hull as Pickles Crouse, Timothy Shew as O'Rourke, Felicia Finley as Streetwalker and Chris Hoch as Rodney St. Clair. Performances will play through April 1.

The ensemble comprises Christine Arand, Heather Ayers, Sara Brians, Rachel Coloff, Rick Crom, Susan Derry, Jack Doyle, Jerold Goldstein, Todd A. Horman, Justin Keyes, Cara Kjellman, Robyn Kramer, Todd Lattimore, Mike Masters, Brent McBeth, Shannon Marie O'Bryan, Wes Pope, Eric Daniel Santagata, Jacqueline Thompson, Kevin Vortmann, J.D. Webster, Anna Aimee White and Kristen Beth Williams.

The creative team also includes Rob Fisher (musical director), include Randy Skinner (choreographer), David Ives (concert adaptation), John Lee Beatty (scenic consultant), Toni-Leslie James (costume consultant), Clifton Taylor (lighting) and Scott Lehrer (sound).

Originally directed by George S. Kaufman, Face the Music concerns "a desperate producer in New York trying to raise the money for his latest revue, Rhinestones of '32. For investors, he finds crooked NYC policemen who want to lose all their dirty money before their 'tin boxes' are subpoenaed. The show flops on opening night, but becomes a smash hit when 'racy' material is added and the Vice Squad tries to shut it down."

The musical features such Berlin tunes as "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee," "Manhattan Madness," "I Say It's Spinach (And the Hell With It)" and "Soft Lights and Sweet Music." Judy Kaye was most recently on Broadway stepping in for a vacationing Patti LuPone in Sweeney Todd. Prior to that she played the vocally challenged Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir, earning a Tony nomination for her work. She also created the role of Rosie in the Broadway company of Mamma Mia!, a part for which she received a 2002 Tony Award nomination. Kaye won the Tony for her performance as Carlotta in the New York production of The Phantom of the Opera and also received a Theatre World Award for her work in On the Twentieth Century. Kaye also starred on Broadway in Ragtime, and her two most recent solo recordings are titled "Diva by Diva" and "Songs from the Silver Screen."

Walter Bobbie garnered the Tony Award as Best Director for the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago. He was also Tony-nominated for Best Book of a Musical for both Footloose and A Grand Night for Singing. As an actor, his stage credits include Guys and Dolls, Assassins, Getting Married, Anything Goes, Cafe Crown, Driving Miss Daisy, I Love My Wife, A History of the American Film and the original Grease. Bobbie was also seen Off-Broadway in Polish Joke and in the Encores! production of Bye, Bye Birdie.

Tickets are available by visiting the New York City Center box office, which is located on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues; by calling (212) 581-1212; or by logging on to www.nycitycenter.org. Tickets are priced $25, $50, $90 and $95.

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The Encores! season will conclude with Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth in Stairway to Paradise, an original revue created specially for the Encores! series. Playing May 10-14, the production, according to press notes, will be "a celebration of the very best material from a half century of Broadway revues, and will include numbers and sketches from Florenz Ziegfeld's shows and other legendary musicals and revues of the era."

Walter Bobbie, Meredith Patterson, Lee Wilkof, Judy Kaye and Jeffry Denman star in the Encores! production of <i>Face the Music</i>.
Walter Bobbie, Meredith Patterson, Lee Wilkof, Judy Kaye and Jeffry Denman star in the Encores! production of Face the Music. Photo by Joan Marcus