By Andrew Gans
19 Mar 2007
Bakula will play David in the Richard Rodgers musical, at UCLA's Freud Playhouse May 8-20. Kay Cole will direct the production, which will feature costume design by Bob Mackie and Joe McFate.
No Strings features a score by Richard Rodgers and a book by Samuel Taylor. The musical debuted on Broadway in March 1962 with a cast led by Diahann Carroll and Richard Kiley. The score features such tunes as "The Sweetest Sounds" and "Love Makes the World Go." It was Rodgers' first show following the death of his longtime lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. Rodgers wrote music and lyrics for the show.
The show, according to press notes, concerns a "successful high-fashion model [who] meets and falls in love with a writer in Paris. While this Pulitzer prize-winner has been trying to recover from a prolonged case of writer's block, he's assumed the dubious role of charming intellectual-in-residence at some of the Continent's more luxurious watering holes. As the model's work takes them on a whirlwind tour of the most exclusive European playgrounds, their romance develops into the first deeply-felt, honest relationship either has ever known. The model, however, ruefully comes to realize that the life-style demanded by her career is stifling the writer, and if he's ever to fulfill the promise of his earlier work, he must take responsibility for himself, go home, and write. Reluctantly, but with no strings, they part, each having discovered anew their capacity to love."
Stage and screen star Scott Bakula played Joe DiMaggio in Broadway's Marilyn: An American Fable and received a Tony nomination for his starring role in Romance/Romance. He also won a Golden Globe Award for his work on the TV series "Quantum Leap."