PHOTO CALL: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Final Curtain Call and Party
By Matthew Blank
The City Center Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ended its limited engagement at the famed Manhattan venue May 13.
Megan Hilty, the Wicked and 9 to 5 star who can be seen in NBC's new musical series "Smash," starred as Lorelei Lee, the diamond-loving blonde made famous by Carol Channing.
She was joined by Rachel York as Dorothy Shaw, the brunette best friend of Lorelei. The company also included Phillip Attmore, Steven Boyer, Brennan Brown, Stephen R. Buntrock, Jared Grimes, Simon Jones, Aaron Lazar, Deborah Rush, Sandra Shipley, Megan Sikora and Clarke Thorell with Callan Bergmann, Charissa Bertels, Sam Bolen, Eric Bourne, Kyle Brown, Robin Campbell, Brandon Davidson, Christine DiGiallonardo, Luke Hawkins, Arlo Hill, Michael Marcotte, Nick McGough, Shannon M. O’Bryan, Lindsay O’Neil, Kristyn Pope, Lindsay Roberts, Heath Saunders, Kelly Sheehan, Jessica Vosk, Anna Aimee White and Matt Zimmerman.
Directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Randy Skinner, performances began May 9.
Set in the Roaring Twenties, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, according to press notes, "follows the madcap adventures of the original 'dumb blonde,' Lorelei Lee (Hilty), as she sets sail for Europe with her best friend Dorothy Shaw (York). Lorelei is engaged to Gus Esmond, the Button King (Clarke Thorell) and has a flirtation with Josephus Gage, the Zipper King (Stephen R. Buntrock). Traveling with them are Mrs. Ella Spofford (Deborah Rush), the richest woman in Philadelphia, her son Henry (Aaron Lazar) and a ship full of colorful characters."
Based on Anita Loos' bestselling novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes has a book by Loos and Joseph Fields, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Leo Robin.
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