Most Happy Fella, Lindsay Crouse, World Premiere of Last Day Will Play Gloucester Stage in MA

News   Most Happy Fella, Lindsay Crouse, World Premiere of Last Day Will Play Gloucester Stage in MA
Gloucester Stage's summer 2011 season in Gloucester, MA, will include the world premiere of Richard Vetere's Last Day, and a revised version of founding artistic director Israel Horovitz's locally set Fighting Over Beverley.

The season also includes the Frank Loesser musical The Most Happy Fella; Alan Ayckbourn's comedy Living Together (part two of The Norman Conquests) starring Lindsay Crouse and the 2010 cast of Gloucester Stage's part one; and the return of last season's production of Joanna McClelland Glass' Trying, featuring Richard Mawe and Becky Webber.

Last Day, running July 21-Aug. 7, is billed as "a dark, delicious and mysterious love story set in a Long Island cemetery where not all secrets are underground." Stage, screen and television writer Richard Vetere is the author of past Gloucester Stage hits Gangster Apparel and First Love.

Fighting Over Beverley, running Aug. 25-Sept. 11, is a revival of a title from Gloucester Stage's 1993 season. For its 2011 return to Gloucester Stage, Horovitz has "re-envisioned" the play. A separate production will be produced by Florida Stage in 2011-12.

It's part of Horovitz's local-color cycle — North Shore Massachusetts-based plays that include The Widow's Blind Date, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard and Gloucester Stage's 2009 season hit Sins of the Mother.

Featuring Elliot Norton Award winner Sandra Shipley in the title role, Fighting Over Beverley (set in Gloucester) is "a romantic-comedy love triangle among three 70-plus-year-olds: Beverley, who came to America from England as a war-bride; Zelly, her Gloucester fisherman-husband; and Archie, the Brit she jilted 53 years earlier." Living Together, directed by artistic director Eric C. Engel, will play June 9-26. The Most Happy Fella, with book, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, plays June 30-July 17. Engel directs the darkly romantic musical about a mail-order love affair spoiled by a lie or two. The score includes "Standing on the Corner," "Big D," "Somebody Somewhere," "Joey, Joey, Joey" and "My Heart Is So Full of You."

Trying, Aug. 10-21, is Joanna McClelland Glass' autobiographical play about a determined young secretary from the Canadian prairie working for the aging Francis Biddle, Attorney General during World War II and the primary American Judge on the postwar Nuremberg Trials. Engel directs.

For further information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at (978) 281-4433 or visit

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