PHOTO CALL: Hunter Foster, Kathy Fitzgerald, Ed Dixon, Jay Armstrong Johnson Star in Muny's Pirates!
By Krissie Fullerton
01 Aug 2012
Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster stars as The Pirate King in The Muny production of Pirates! in St. Louis. Broadway veterans Ed Dixon, Kathy Fitzgerald and Jay Armstrong are among Foster's co-stars in the reinvention of the British comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance.
Directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Denis Jones, the musical comedy — spiced with Caribbean flavor, and now with a new opening sequence since earlier regional productions — plays the outdoor venue in St. Louis' Forest Park July 30-Aug. 5. The show has been developed at regional theatres (Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse), with an eye toward a Broadway life. (The Public Theater's The Pirates of Penzance was a Broadway hit back in 1980-82.)
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.