Full Cast Announced for Broadway's Old Acquaintance; Davis Replaces Rabe

News   Full Cast Announced for Broadway's Old Acquaintance; Davis Replaces Rabe
Stephen Bogardus will join Harriet Harris and Margaret Colin in the cast of the upcoming Broadway run of John Van Druten's Old Acquaintance. Diane Davis replaces the previously announced Lily Rabe.

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Roundabout Theatre Company has finalized casting for the comedy to be directed by Michael Wilson (Enchanted April). Previews begin June 1, and the show will open June 28 at the American Airlines Theatre for a limited engagement through August 19.

Bogardus (Man of La Mancha, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Falsettos) and Davis (Regrets Only, Festen) are featured in a cast that also includes Corey Stoll (Henry IV, Intimate Apparel), Cynthia Darlow (Taller Than a Dwarf, Hank Williams: Lost Highway) and Gordana Rashovich (Conversations with My Father, A Shayna Maidel).

They join previously announced stars (and Roundabout veterans) Harris — Tony Award winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie — who appeared in the company's 2000 Broadway revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner; and Colin (Jackie), who last appeared on Broadway in 2003's revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. The Rabe departure was attributed to scheduling conflicts.

Old Acquaintance is billed as a "drawing-room comedy about two childhood friends who have grown into very different adults. Though they are both successful authors, independent Katharine 'Kit' Markham (Colin) carries on an affair with a younger man while divorcee Mildred 'Millie' Drake (Harris) refuses to loosen the apron-strings on her teenage daughter, Deidre (Davis)."

* The Van Druten comedy first premiered on Broadway in 1940 at the Morosco Theatre, starring Jane Cowl and Peggy Wood. The work was then adapted for the screen in 1943 with Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins starring.

British playwright and director Van Druten penned the original plays I Am a Camera (the basis for the musical Cabaret) and I Remember Mama. Other works include I've Got Sixpence; Bell, Book and Candle; Make Way for Lucia; The Mermaids Singing; The Voice of the Turtle; and Solitaire, among others. He directed the original Broadway run of The King and I.

Tickets to Old Acquaintance will be available in April by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, visiting the American Airlines box office (227 West 42nd St.) or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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