Barrett, Lauria, Dilly, Jacoby, Connell Star in World Premiere of Ludwig's Leading Ladies Sept. 7-Oct. 3 in Ohio
10 Aug 2004
Photo by Aubrey Reuben
Leading Ladies, the new Ken Ludwig comedy about fifth-rate stage actors pulling the wool over small town folks, will star Brent Barrett, Dan Lauria, Jane Connell, Erin Dilly, Mark Jacoby, Christopher Duva, Lacey Kohl and Tim McGeever in its world premiere at Cleveland Play House.
Playbill On-Line previously reported the casting of Barrett (Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago) as Leo. Lauria ("The Wonder Years," Ears on a Beatle) will play Doc, Barrett's partner in crime when the co-production by Cleveland Play House and Houston's Alley Theatre premieres in Ohio Sept. 7-Oct. 3.
Ludwig (known for Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, the recent revised Twentieth Century and the libretto to Crazy for You) will direct his play, at the Ply House's Drury Theatre.
Here's how Cleveland Play House bills the play, which was workshopped last season at the Ohio resident theatre: "Take two down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors reduced to performing in the Amish countryside of Pennsylvania and add a wealthy old woman searching for her two long-lost heirs. Then, mix in the beautiful niece who longs to be in the theatre and you have a rollicking new comedy of mistaken identities in the tradition of 'Some Like It Hot.'"
Jane Connell has worked with Ludwig before, in the original Broadway casts of Tom Sawyer,Crazy for You and Lend Me a Tenor. She recently appeared in the Broadway and national touring productions of The Full Monty.
Designers are Judith Dolan (costume), Neil Patel (set), David Weiner (lighting), John Gromada (sound).
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.