As first reported by Playbill.com, Tony and Academy Award winner Kevin Kline ( Cyrano, On the Twentieth Century, "A Fish Called Wanda") will reprise his performance as the Pirate King. The evening will also feature Close ( Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden) as Ruth, Idle ( Spamalot) as the Sergeant and Short ( Little Me, The Goodbye Girl) as Major-General Stanley.
The 1980 production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta was adapted by William Elliot and choreographed by Daniele. It was first staged at the Delacorte by Wilford Leach in August 1980 prior to transferring to a Tony Award-winning Broadway run in December.
The original cast featured Kline ( Cyrano, On the Twentieth Century, "A Fish Called Wanda") as the Pirate King, Linda Ronstadt as Mabel, Rex Smith as Frederic and George Rose as Major-General Stanley.
The evening will pay tribute to late Academy Award-winning writer Nora Ephron ("When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle"), who died June 26, 2012. Ephron's new play Lucky Guy opened on Broadway April 1. Sir Howard Stringer, Arielle Tepper Madover and Renée Beaumont will serve as gala co-chairs for the event.
The Public's Shakespeare in the Park season features The Comedy of Errors, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater (May 28-June 30); and the new musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost, directed and written by Alex Timbers with songs by Michael Friedman (July 23-Aug. 18).
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