Wayne Cilento to Direct Why Do Fools Fall in Love Staged Reading

News   Wayne Cilento to Direct Why Do Fools Fall in Love Staged Reading Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento will helm an upcoming staged reading of Why Do Fools Fall in Love, based on the hit 1998 movie of the same name.

Darius de Haas, who will portray singer Frankie Lymon in the reading, confirmed the news to Playbill On-Line. The production was written by Tina Andrews, who also penned the screenplay for the film, which starred Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon and Larenz Tate as Frankie Lymon. The Why Do Fools Fall in Love reading will be held July 14 at Theatre Row's Lion Theatre. Who Do Fools Fall in Love concerns three women who each claim to be the widow of pop singer Frankie Lymon. The three wives of the singer, who died of a heroin overdose in 1968, eventually establish a bond.

Wayne Cilento won a Tony Award for Best Choreography for The Who's Tommy. He also choreographed the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the Disney hit Aida. He directed and choreographed the musical revue Dream and the Jerry Herman anthology, Jerry's Girls. As a performer, Cilento starred in Seesaw, A Chorus Line, The Act, Dancin' and Perfectly Frank.

Darius de Haas has appeared on Broadway in Marie Christine, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Carousel, Rent and The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm. He created the title role in Running Man for which he received an Obie Award, and his other theatrical credits include The Bacchae, Saturn Returns, Children of Eden, Once On This Island and I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky.