Hangar Theatre Season to Feature Michele Ragusa, John Bolton, Jordan Gelber, Jennifer Cody and More

By Adam Hetrick
29 May 2013

Michele Ragusa, John Bolton, Jordan Gelber, Jennifer Cody and Martin Van Treuren will be part of the Hangar Theatre's summer season, which includes Gypsy, 4000 Miles and Clybourne Park.



The company's 39th mainstage season will launch with the Neil Simon comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers June 13-29. The cast includes Jordan Gelber (Avenue Q, Elf) as Barney Cashman, Jennifer Cody (Shrek, Urinetown, The Wild Party) as Elaine, Leenya Rideout (Company, War Horse, Cabaret) as Jeanette and Natalie Walker as Bobbi.

According to the Hangar, "Barney Cashman is a seafood restaurateur who is deep in the throes of a mounting midlife crisis. Bored with a humdrum existence and desperate for passion and adventure, he musters the courage to join the sexual revolution before it's too late. Finding his mother's apartment empty one day a week, he embarks on a series of attempts to seduce three eccentric women."

From July 4-20, the Hangar will present the iconic musical Gypsy, featuring a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Jule Styne.

The classic musical centers on the rise of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee and her indomitable show mother Rose during the last days of vaudeville.

Michele Ragusa (Young Frankenstein, Urinetown, Titanic) stars as Rose in a cast that also features David Studwell as Herbie, Wally Dunn (Spamalot, Gypsy) as Uncle Jocko, Ariella Serur as Louise, Martin Van Treuren (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jekyll & Hyde) as Pop and Rebecca Gibel ("Blue Bloods") as Tessie Tura.

Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles, which played an acclaimed Off-Broadway run last year, will be staged July 25-Aug. 3. It will feature Susan Blommaert (4000 Miles at Lincoln Center Theater) as Vera and Robbie Tann (Troublemaker) as Leo.

The poignant comedy, according to the Hangar, "tells the story of Leo, a 21-year-old tree hugger from Seattle who unexpectedly arrives at the Manhattan apartment of his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, as he finishes a cross-country bike trip. Over the course of their reconnection, we discover their conflicting politics and the fragile connection they share between growing up and growing old. When Leo's ex-girlfriend shows up, the unusual events of his journey begin to unfold."

The final production will be Bruce Norris' Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Clybourne Park, which uses Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun as a point of dramatic reference. It will run Aug. 8-17.

The cast includes John Bolton (A Christmas Story, Curtains, Spamalot) as Russ/Dan, Jesse Bush ("Birdman") as Karl/Steve, Jeremy Ellison-Gladstone (The Fantasticks) as Jim/Tom/Kenneth, Amy Da Luz as Bev/Kathy, as well as Kullan Edberg and Olivia Washington.

The generation-straddling drama "digs into the heart of race and real estate in the suburbs of Chicago. Inspired by historical events, the play begins in 1959 when a white couple sells their home to the neighborhood's first black family, and thus sparks controversy. Fifty years later, the house is again changing hands, this time to a young white couple moving into the now black community," the Hangar states.

For tickets visit HangarTheatre.org.