Benefit Reading of "Wonderful Life" Radio Play Lures More Stars, Including Dishy, Morgan and Charles, Dec. 6 in Greenwich Village

News   Benefit Reading of "Wonderful Life" Radio Play Lures More Stars, Including Dishy, Morgan and Charles, Dec. 6 in Greenwich Village
New stars have been added to the already announced featured cast of The Wonderful Life of George Bailey, the staged radio-script version of "It's a Wonderful Life," a Dec. 6 benefit for The Melting Pot Theatre Company.
Bob Dishy
Bob Dishy

Tony nominees (and real-life husband and wife) Gregg Edelman (Wonderful Town, Into the Woods) and Carolee Carmello (Mamma Mia!, Parade) star as George and Mary Bailey at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greeenwich Village.

The event is a concert reading of the 1947 radio-play adaptation of the heartwarming film that had a screenplay by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett and Frank Capra.

A limited number of show-only, balcony seats are now available for only $50 each.

Bob Dishy (Sly Fox, The Price) is Clarence, the aspiring angel. Walter Charles (The Immigrant, Sweeney Todd) is Mr. Potter. Tom Aldredge (12 Angry Men, Into the Woods) plays druggist Mr. Gower. Cass Morgan (The Immigrant, Pump Boys & Dinettes) is Mrs. Bailey. Peter Francis James (On Golden Pond, Drowning Crow) is Mr. Bailey. Malachy McCourt (A Couple of Blaguards, A Monk Swimming) is Uncle Billy. David Alan Basche (War of the Worlds, Snakebit) is Harry Bailey. Harrison Chad (Caroline or Change) and Kailani Coba (The Lion King) are the Bailey children.

Two-time Tony nominee Tony Roberts (Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Victor/Victoria) plays radio producer William Keighley, with Adam Heller (The Immigrant, Caroline or Change) as the announcer. Double Tony nominee Kate Burton (The Elephant Man, Hedda Gabler) plays the movie star. Sean McCourt (Wicked, Woody Guthrie's American Song), Richard Poe (Tom Sawyer, 1776) and Debra Walton (Chicago, Cookin' at the Cookery) play various roles.

Fred Newman ("A Prairie Home Companion") provides live sound effects to add to the period radio feel, with singers Greg Carter and Suzanne Hevner performing live commercial jingles. Wayne Barker (Dame Edna) provides musical accompaniment, with a special performance by Billy Porter (Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon).

Nick Corley, who directs, helmed the Melting Pot's productions of Fables in Slang and Tintypes, as well as the premiere productions of Eliot Ness in Cleveland and The Civil War. He will direct MPTC's upcoming Off-Broadway world premiere of Flight in May 2005.

The pre-show reception and silent auction will take place from 6-8 PM at the Blue Mill Tavern (50 Commerce Street & Bedford Street).

The performance will be held at 8:30 PM at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets.

Tickets are $500 and $300 each, with rows of 10 available for $5,000 and $3,000 (for which a special post-performance cast party is included).

A limited number of show-only tickets are available for $100.

Tickets may be purchased by calling MPTC at (212) 874-7210.


Melting Pot Theatre Company "creates, develops, and produces New York premieres of plays and musicals that explore the themes, people, and events that shape the unique American experience." MPTC presents "culturally diverse theatre that is emotionally stirring, thought provoking, and reflects our country's population."

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