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"There's such a wonderful heart at the center of this show," three-time Tony-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall says. "It's great to take a classic American musical comedy and reinvigorate it. We want people to fall in love with the show in 2014 just as they fell in love with it originally."
Marshall is talking about The Unsinkable Molly Brown, the 1960 Meredith Willson–Richard Morris musical about a young woman who moves to Colorado, finds love and riches, heads off to Europe to join high society and famously survives the sinking of the Titanic. A revised version — the original ran for 532 performances on Broadway, winning a Tony for Tammy Grimes in the title role — begins next month at the Denver Center Theatre Company in (appropriately) Colorado. Marshall directs and choreographs.
Beth Malone, who starred last season in the award-winning Off-Broadway musical Fun Home, is this year's Molly. (Debbie Reynolds portrayed her in the movie; Sutton Foster played the role in 2010 and 2011 readings.) Molly — which followed Willson's 1957 megahit The Music Man — has a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), a three-time Tony nominee.
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