Harriet Harris and Brian Murray Headline Cape Playhouse Dining Room

News   Harriet Harris and Brian Murray Headline Cape Playhouse Dining Room
Harriet Harris, the Tony winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie who is currently enjoying some TV fame as a character on "Desperate Housewives," will pair with Brian Murray in the Cape Playhouse's production of A. R. Gurney's The Dining Room
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The show will run July 4-16 at the Dennis, Massachusetts, summer stock house.

Harris replaced Dana Ivey, who had to drop out owing to impending knee surgury. Also in the cast are Michael McDonald and Stephanie Weir. James Brennan directs.

Prior to Harris' Tony win, she was a stalwart of the Broadway and Off-Broadway stage, appearing in such productions as The Man Who Came to Dinner, Bella, Belle of Bellorussia and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun.

Murray's long career has seen noted performances in such plays as Da!, Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night, The Crucible, The Play About the Baby, The Little Foxes, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead, Ashes and Travels With My Aunt.

Gurney's plays also include The Fourth Wall, The Snow Ball, Mrs. Farnsworth, Labor Day and Screenplay, which is currently playing Off-Broadway. Many of his works have been produced at the Cape Playhouse. The Cape season will conclude Aug. 29-Sept. 10 with Dress for Dinner, a comedy by Marc Camoletti. Dee Hoty (Mamma Mia!) and Michael Rupert (Falsettos) will star alongside Kevin Spirtas. James Brennan directs.

In between those two attractions will come the 1920s musical No, No Nanette, with Rebecca Luker and Fred Willard (July 18-30); the Fats Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin', directed by Greg Ganakas (Aug. 1-13); and Around the World in Eighty Days, a small-cast production of the Jules Verne classic by Mark Brown. Russ Treyz directs (Aug 15-27).

The Playhouse was founded by Raymond Moore. A former Unitarian Meeting House, the quaint, white shingled, 600-seat theatre features a wrap-around balcony. The theatre opened in 1927 with a production of The Guardsman starring Basil Rathbone. Among the many noteworthy productions to be staged there over the years was a 1937 Hamlet starring Eva LeGallienne in the title role and Uta Hagen, in her professional debut, as Ophelia. Bette Davis, who spent teenage summers on Cape Cod, acted there, as did Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes and Gertrude Lawrence, who met and married her husband Richard Aldrich (who ran the theatre for many years) at the Playhouse. Shirley Booth acted there so often, she kept her Oscar there.

The Cape Playhouse is located in Dennis, MA, at 820 Route 6A. For more information, call (508) 385-3911.

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