Datz All: Dilly Added to Syracuse in Cast Shift

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Erin Dilly will sing for her supper as Luciana in the upcoming Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart-George Abbott musical, The Boys from Syracuse.

Erin Dilly will sing for her supper as Luciana in the upcoming Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart-George Abbott musical, The Boys from Syracuse.

She takes the place of The Full Monty's Lisa Datz, who was previously announced for the part. No reason for the shift was immediately given.

Dilly was the second Millie associated with the hit musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. She took the role after Kristin Chenoweth bowed out to take a sitcom deal. Dilly then left the show during rehearsals in La Jolla, CA, and understudy Sutton Foster filled her flapper shoes. Foster would go on to win a Tony Award for her performances when the musical moved to Broadway.

Prior to Millie, Dilly made a splash in the Encores! Babes in Arms and Martin Guerre. She recently toured as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific opposite Michael Nouri.

* As reported earlier, playing Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse are Jonathan Dokuchitz and Lee Wilkof, respectively, while Tom Hewitt and Chip Zien are Antipholus and Dromio from Ephesus in this musical adaptation of the Bard's knockabout comedy of mistaken identity, The Comedy of Errors.

The show, which offers a treasure-chest of Rodgers and Hart songs (plus some interpolations from other R&H shows), will begin previews July 24 for an opening Aug. 18 at the American Airlines Theatre. Scott Ellis directs and Tony winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie) is choreographer.

Completing the cast are Jeffrey Broadhurst (as Angelo), The Immigrant's Walter Charles (Aegean), Toni DiBuono (Luce), Tom Galantich (Merchant, Aegean), Sara Gettlefinger (Courtesan, Ensemble), Deidre Goodwin (Courtesan, Ensemble), Milena Govich (Courtesan, Ensemble), George Hall (Sorcerer), Teri Hanson (Courtesan, Ensemble), Tripp Hanson (Ensemble), television comedienne Jackee Harry (Madam), Fred Inkley (Sergeant), Mark Lotito (Tailor, Ensemble), Kirk McDonald (Ensemble), Elizabeth Mills (Courtesan, Ensemble), Lauren Mitchell (Adriana), J.C. Montgomery (Duke, Ensemble), Scott Robertson (Merchant, Ensemble) and Allyson Turner (Ensemble).

Hewitt won a Tony nomination for playing Frank N Furter in the recent Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show. Zien created roles in the original Broadway productions Into the Woods and Falsettos. His most recent New York stage credit was William Finn's A New Brain. Dokuchitz, the least known of the four, was also in the original Into the Woods, as well as Broadway's Dream and Tommy. Wilkof most recent Broadway musical was Kiss Me, Kate, in which he played one of the theatre obsessed gangsters. He created the role of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.

Acerbic playwright Nicky Silver (The Food Chain, Raised in Captivity) has penned a new adaptation of the George Abbott book.

The design team includes Thomas Lynch (set); Thoroughly Modern Millie Tony winner Martin Pakledinaz (costume); Donald Holder (lighting); Brian Ronan (sound); David Loud (music director); and Don Sebesky (orchestrator).

Sebesky will orchestrate such classic tunes as "Falling in Love with Love," "This Can't Be Love" and "Sing for You Supper." Also in the score are "I Had Twins," "Dear Old Syracuse," "What Can You Do With a Man," "A Lady Must Live" (added for this staging), "The Shortest Day of the Year," "Took Advantage of Me" (added for this production), "Everything I've Got Belongs to You" (added for this production), "You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea," "Big Brother," "Come With Me," and "Oh, Diogenes."

Renewed interest in the 1938 musical arguably began in 1997 when City Center Encores! produced a praised concert version of the show starring Malcolm Gets, Michael McGrath, Mario Cantone, Davis Gaines and Rebecca Luker. Two years later, Scott Ellis directed a workshop of the show, reworked by Silver, for the Roundabout. Zien and Mitchell participated in that project. Another workshop was staged in 2000 and the next the Roundabout finally announced the musical for spring 2002, later pushing it back to the summer.

The original production of Boys began on Nov. 23, 1938 at the Alvin Theatre. It ran for 235 performances. A 1963 Off-Broadway production starring Stuart Damon and Karen Morrow ran 503 performances.

Tickets are now on sale. Call (212) 719-1300 or visit the box office at the American Airlines Theatre at 227 West 42nd Street.

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