Jackie Mason's New Broadway Musical, Laughing Room Only, Begins Oct. 23; Cast Announced
By Ernio Hernandez
Comedian Jackie Mason makes his return to the Broadway stage in fall 2003, but this time not as a solo comic but singing and dancing with a supporting cast in Jackie Mason Laughing Room Only.
The new show begins previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Oct. 23 and opens Nov. 19. In Laughing Room Only, Mason plays himself attempting to put on a $10 million Broadway musical for $19.99. The new musical within the show will actually be staged as part of the show through "sexy, hilarious and even nude sketches, songs and production numbers," a release explains.
Jackie Mason Laughing Room Only is written by comedian-songwriter Dennis Blair based on a concept by writer Digby Wolfe with music by Doug Katsaros.
Robert Johanson (former artistic director of Paper Mill: The State Theatre of New Jersey) directs a cast that also includes Darrin Baker (Sunset Boulevard, Footloose), Robert Creighton (The Lion King, — Toronto and Los Angeles), Barry Finkel (Side Show, High Society), Ruth Gottschall (The Music Man,... Forum) and Cheryl Stern (The Women, That's Life).
Michael Lichtefeld handles choreography and Joseph Baker serves as the musical director. The design team features Michael Anania (set), Thom Heyer (costume) and Paul D. Miller (lighting).
The new Broadway presentation is produced by Jyll Rosenfeld and Jon Stoll and James Scibelli in association with Sidney Kimmel and John Morgan.
Mason has previously performed on Broadway in six of his own one-man shows — The World According to Me, Brand New, Politically Incorrect, Love Thy Neighbor, Much Ado About Everything and Prune Danish. He received a special Tony Award for the first.
For tickets to Jackie Mason Laughing Room Only at the Brooks Atkinson, 256 West 47 St., call (212) 307-7171.
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