Musicals Tonight! Production of the Gershwins' For Goodness Sake Begins March 18 in Manhattan

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18 Mar 2014

Musicals Tonight!, the Obie-winning company dedicated to the revival of neglected musicals, presents George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical comedy For Goodness Sake beginning March 18 at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row.

Directed by Thomas Sabella-Mills with music direction by David Bishop, performances continue through March 30.

The cast includes Sean Bell, Sarah Rolleston, Amber Nicole Guest, Brandon Andrus, Natalie Beck, Nathan Freeman, Jason Simon, Matt DuMont, Marc Bitler, Daniel Drewes, RJ Magee, John Wascavage, Andrea Dotto, Michelle Foard, Lauren Frankovich, Britte Steele and Mark Hawbecker.

Here's how the musical is billed: "It's 1923 at a weekend party at Bourne Estate near Maidenhead, England. Teddy (Bell) and Suzanne (Rolleston) are American guests who became friends on the Mauritania en route to England. Upon arrival, Teddy is immediately smitten by Vivi (Guest) whose reputation as a flirt is legendary and who is engaged to Perry (Andrus). Marjory (Beck), Perry's ward, has her sights set on Geoff (Freeman) and Count Spinagio (Simon) — the gigolo of the piece — will gladly walk off with any available heiress. Perry seeks to ensure Vivi's faithfulness by faking his own death on a flight to America piloted by friend Jack (DuMont). Vivi figures all this out and ratchets up her flirting knowing Perry is watching. The other male guests (Bitler, Drewes, Magee, Wascavage) help the other lady guests (Dotto, Foard, Frankovich, Steele) avoid Count Spinagio. Joseph (Hawbecker), the butler, tolerates the shenanigans."

The Gershwin score includes "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," "Oh, Gee, Oh, Gosh" and "The Whichness of Whatness," among others.



The original Broadway production of For Goodness Sake starred Fred and Adele Astaire and played 122 performances at the Lyric Theatre. The show later debuted in London under the name Stop Flirting.

The season will conclude with Rodgers & Hart's America's Sweetheart (April 1-13), directed by Thomas Sabella-Mills with music direction by James Stenborg.

Musicals Tonight!, under the leadership of Mel Miller, also hosts the At This Performance! concert series designed to showcasing talented Broadway standbys and understudies. The 2013-24 series dates of At This Performance! are March 23 and April 7 at 7 PM at the Lion Theatre.

The Lion Theatre is located at 410 W. 42nd Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 560-2186 or visit MusicalsTonight.org.