Kristen Chenoweth, who had been playing Hyacinth in the Bill Irwin production of Scapin on Broadway, has left the cast and has been replaced by Fleur Phillips. In April, Stovall will appear in the Playwrights Preview Productions mounting of Fear Itself.
New Vaudeville clown Bill Irwin will continue through March 23 to recreate his acclaimed Seattle Rep production of Moliere's Scapin at Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre in New York. He is playing the title character himself in the production that opened Jan. 9.
Irwin last appeared in New York in Hip Hop Wonderland Off Broadway in May 1996, and last appeared on Broadway in Fool Moon, December 1995. Scapin was scheduled to run through March 9 but was first extended to March 16 and then extended another week, to March 23. Production spokesperson Erin Dunn told Playbill On-Line the initial extension was due to "an overwhelming response to the show": "also, we're fortunate that they can stay an extra week." The show must close March 23 because All My Sons will be going into the Pels March 29.
Also featured in the cast are Christopher Evan Welch, Count Stovall, Bruce Hurlbutt, Gerry Vichi, Marina Chapa, Mary Bond Davis and Hillel Meltzer. Welch will be appearing in London Assurance, the last show of the 1996-97 Broadway season.
Irwin directs the adaptation written by himself and Mark O'Donnell, based on Moliere's 1671 comedy The Tricks of Scapin, about a wily servant who helps his young master win the girl of his dreams over the objections of fathers, rivals and others. The Scapin character is drawn from some of the same sources as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Irwin and O'Donnell's is a very free adaptation, however, featuring an organist, modern punchlines, signs that warn of "exposition," and a Keystone Kops-style chase. Sets are by Douglas Stein, costumes by Victoria Petrovich and Lighting by Nancy Schertler.
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