By Willard Manus, Southern California Correspondent
12 May 1999
1999 Tony nominee Carolee Carmello and High Society's Stephen Bogardus have been tapped by "Reprise! Broadway's Best in Concert" to star in the l956 musical Bells Are Ringing, to be performed May 12-23 (14 performances only) at the UCLA Freud Playhouse.
Obie Award-winner Carmello (who replaces the previously announced Jean Smart) triumphed as the ill-fated Lucille Frank in the original Broadway company of the Harold Prince musical Parade at Lincoln Center. Carmello also performed with Bogardus in Falsettos on Broadway and in Los Angeles.
Bogardus, on Broadway in Love! Valour! Compassion!, has also been seen locally in City of Angels at the Shubert Theater.
The director is Don Amendolia, the choreographer Kevin Carlisle.
Bells Are Ringing kicks off Reprises's third season at the Freud Playhouse, which is in UCLA's Macgowan Hall. Call (310) 825-2101 or Ticketmaster Fine Arts Line for information.