The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA, will conclude its production of The Will Rogers Follies, the Coleman-Comden-Green musical, on Aug. 12. The musical began performances on July 31.
Follies, which played Broadway's Palace Theatre a decade ago in a production starring Keith Carradine, tells the story, in vaudeville fashion, of entertainer Will Rogers.
Playing the title role will be Ken Johnson. Johnson was in the national tours of Big River and Gypsy. This is Johnson's fifth turn at playing Rogers. The production played at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine earlier this summer.
Sharon Gless has bowed out of the Aug. 14-26 staging of The Lion in Winter at the Cape. The "Cagney & Lacey" star was recently cast in the new cable series "Queer as Folk" (based on the controversial English program), and filming will preclude her honoring her Cape commitment. Taking her place in the James Goldman play is Dee Hoty. Still in the cast is Randall Duk Kim, as Henry II, King of England. Kim's recent theatre credits include David Henry Hwang's Golden Child on Broadway and A Majority of One Off Broadway.
Hoty has been nominated for a Tony for The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, The Will Rogers Follies and Footloose, her most recent credit.
Closing the season will be Radio Gals, by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick, Aug. 28-Sept. 9
2000 marks new Cape Playhouse artistic director Evans Haile's first season. Haile conceived and staged 1995's Yes, There Were Giants and 1999's Broadway's Best Sing Gershwin, seen at both the Cape and Ogunquit Playhouses. The Dennis theatre was founded in 1927.
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-- By Robert Simonson