Casting Announced for Musicals Tonight Concert of Cole Porter's Panama Hattie

News   Casting Announced for Musicals Tonight Concert of Cole Porter's Panama Hattie
Julie Cardia and Paul Anthony Stewart will be buddies in Cole Porter's 1940 musical Panama Hattie, which will get a rare presentation by Musicals Tonight in October.

Thomas Sabella-Mills will direct the Oct. 12-23 staged concerts at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.

Cardia will play the title role with Stewart as Nick Bullett. Ethel Merman and James Dunn originated the roles in the Broadway production. The cast will also feature Madeleine Rose Yen, Jackson R. Best, Lara Seibert, Daren Kelly, Victoria Huston-Elem, Claire Russell, Allison Maldonado, Antionio Addeo, John Bambery, William Nash Anne Marie Behr, Matthew Conti, Greg Etling, Jefferson Grubbs, Vanessa Hernandez, Annemarie Rosano and Christopher Woods.

According to Musicals Tonight, "Hattie Maloney, a nightclub singer in Panama City, tries to fit into the elite world of the American colony to which her fiancé, and single parent, Nick Bullett belongs. Her prospective marriage to Nick hinges on the approval of his precocious eight-year-old daughter, Gerry, as well as that of his boss. Gerry has been chaperoned on her trip from the States by Vivian Budd a 'gentleman’s gentleman' who gets bent to the breaking point by the wiles of Hattie’s best friend Florrie. Nick's boss, an Army officer/engineer, Whitney Randolph and the girls in the Canal "social set" — Leila, Kitty-Belle and Mildred —prove even harder to win over than does Gerry. So what’s needed are some major heroics and that is supplied when a plot to blow up the canal is foiled. Helping thwart the 'enemy' are three less-than-robust soldiers — Woozy Skat and Windy."

David B. Bishop will musical direct Panama Hattie, which features such songs as "I've Still Got My Health," "We Detest a Fiesta," "Make It Another Old-Fashioned, Please" and "Let's Be Buddies."

For tickets phone (212) 579-4230 or visit The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located in Manhattan at 2162 Broadway between 76th and 77th Streets. Visit MusicalsTonight for more information.

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