Gavin MacLeod, captain of TV's immortal "Love Boat" (and beloved Murray on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show") will star with Liliane Montevecchi and Glory Crampton in Gigi, opening Nov. 3 at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.
Known for her work in Broadway's Nine and Grand Hotel, Montevecchi is currently appearing in her one-woman cabaret revue, Back On The Boulevard, at Off-Broadway's Kaufman Theatre. Also starring is Anne Rogers, who appeared in Paper Mill's It Runs In The Family in 1994. Paper Mill's Artistic Director Robert Johanson will direct, Sharon Halley will choreograph, Michael Anania will design the sets, Gregg Barnes will fashion the costumes, and Tim Hunter will create the lighting.
After Gigi closes Dec. 15, New Jersey Ballet will offer "The Nutcracker" for two weeks. After the new year, Ray Cooney's farce Out Of Order will take the stage (Jan. 1 - Feb. 9, 1997). Paxton Whitehead, who appeared in Cooney's Run For Your Wife on Broadway and in Cooney's Two Into One at Paper Mill, will star.
Feb. 19-March 29 will bring Robert Johanson's dramatization of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" (not to be confused with the musical version of the book opening in Toronto) followed by a revival of No, No Nanette (April 9-May 27) starring Paper Mill regular James Brennan. The score, by Vincent Youmans, Otto Harbach and Irving Caesar, features such hits as "Tea For Two" and "I Want To Be Happy."
Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion's Tony-winning Man Of La Mancha will close the season, June 4-July 20. Ron Raines, star of Paper Mill's South Pacific, will star with Judy McLane. Paper Mill Playhouse, a non-profit theatre, offers audio-described performances for the visually impaired, sight-interpreted performances for the hearing impaired, Braille and large-print programs, and complete access for those with disabilities.
For tickets and information on Paper Mill Playhouse productions, call (201)376-4343.
-- By David Lefkowitz