Chad Allen and Valerie Harper Will Bring Bankhead's Brio to Arena Stage in May

News   Chad Allen and Valerie Harper Will Bring Bankhead's Brio to Arena Stage in May
Chad Allen, who replaced Jarrod Emick in the West Palm Beach run of the Broadway-aimed play Looped, will continue in the role for the May engagement by Arena Stage in Washington, DC.

Mattthew Lombardo's play about actress Tallulah Bankhead, starring Emmy Award winner Valerie Harper (famed for TV's "Rhoda") as the diva, continues to Feb. 15 at Cuillo Centre for the Arts in West Palm Beach. Rob Ruggiero directs.

Harper will play the Arena run, too, May 29-June 28, at Arena Stage at the Lincoln Theatre.

Allen (of the recent film "Save Me" and known for work on TV's "St. Elsewhere," "Our House," "My Two Dads" and "Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman") originally created the role of Danny Miller for the world premiere production of Looped at Pasadena Playhouse.

Looped is being produced by Tony Cacciotti and David Steiner in association with Arena Stage. In 2008 Tony winner Emmick (Damn Yankees) was announced to play the role of Danny for the 2009 Florida and DC runs, but in a later statement producer Cacciotti said, "We are all extremely excited to have Chad return to the production. He and Valerie have such remarkable chemistry together and will once again have audiences roaring with laughter. We are so grateful Chad's schedule has allowed him to continue with this project."

Lombardo wrote the Katharine Hepburn-oriented solo play Tea at Five. Ruggiero directed the hit regional play with music, Ella, seen at Arena, and Off-Broadway's Make Me a Song. According to Arena, "Looped tells the story of actress Tallulah Bankhead, the original celebrity bad girl, who stumbles into a film studio session to re-record (or 'loop') one line of dialogue for her final film, 'Die, Die My Darling.' What ensues is a showdown between an uptight sound editor, Danny Miller, and the outrageous legend. Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying that out-shone even today's superstars, including innumerable affairs with both male and female celebrities and outlandish exploits that were even investigated by the British secret service."

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Chad Allen and Valerie Harper in <i>Looped</i>.
Chad Allen and Valerie Harper in Looped.
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