Michael Bush Will Direct Off-Broadway Revival of Cactus Flower

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Daryl Roth Productions will present an Off-Broadway revival of the 1965 Abe Burrows comedy Cactus Flower, according to an Actors' Equity casting notice.

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Michael Bush will direct the production, which is scheduled to begin its open-ended run in February at the Westside Theatre Upstairs with an official opening in March.

No official announcement about the production has been made.

Based on the play Fleur de Cactus, by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy, Cactus Flower is described as such: "Story of Julian Winston, a handsome, middle-aged Park Avenue dentist and bachelor, who has told his much younger girlfriend Toni that he is married, in order to not make a commitment to her. Convinced that Julian won’t leave his wife and kids for her, Toni attempts a lame suicide, only to be saved by her younger neighbor Igor when he smells gas and breaks into her apartment. When Julian discovers that Toni tried to kill herself over him, he suddenly decides to marry Toni and tells her that his fictional wife also wants a divorce. Toni demands to meet her in order to make sure that she agrees to the divorce. Julian then gets his 'old maid' nurse Stephanie, who is secretly in love with him, to pose as his wife, and the comedy ensues. What follows is a farcical collection of misunderstandings, lies and unexpected romance as Stephanie ... the Cactus Flower ... begins to bloom."

Cactus Flower opened on Broadway in December 1965 and played 1,234 performances before closing. The original cast included Lauren Bacall, Barry Nelson, Burt Brinckerhoff, Brenda Vaccaro, Marjorie Battles and Michael Fairman. Brinckerhoff and Vaccaro were both Tony-nominated for their performances.

Michael Bush was the director of artistic production for Manhattan Theatre Club for several years.

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