The popular David H. Bell adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado opened March 13 at the famed theatre. Bell told Playbill On-Line that in March 2003 he will direct and choreograph a Ford's Theatre revival of 1776, the stirring Peter Stone-Sherman Edwards musical about the battle to create the Declaration of Independence. With the nation currently fighting a war against terrorism, the show will likely have more significance than ever.
Ford's Theatre's annual staging of A Christmas Carol begins Nov. 22.
An official announcement of the 2002-2003 Ford's Theatre season has not been made.
Ford's Theatre, known to many as the place where Abraham Lincoln was shot, co-produced a mini-tour of I'm Not Rappaport in early 2002 that also played Coconut Grove Playhouse and Paper Mill. It lands on Broadway this summer, starring Ben Vereen and Judd Hirsch. — By Kenneth Jones