Marcia Seligson, producing artistic director of Reprise!, has announced the cast for Strike Up the Band, the Gershwin-Kaufman musical running Feb. 21-March 4 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. Donna McKechnie, who recently starred in Reprise!'s production of Mack & Mabel, will return to the Freud to perform her one-woman show Inside the Music as a fund-raiser. Feb. 26 at 8 PM is the date. The show was created for McKechnie by playwright Christopher Durang.
Melissa Dye, Troy Britton Johnson, Joe Joyce, Hope Levy, Michael Maguire, Staurt Pankin, Steven Vinovich, Ruth Williamson and Charles Nelson Reilly head the cast of Band. Don Amendolia is the director, Gene Castle the choreographer.
Reprise!'s production of Hair will have ten performances this summer, June 16-24 at the Wadsworth Theatre. Arthur Allen Seidelman will direct, joined by Travis Payne as choreographer.
Freud Playhouse is located in Macgowan Hall on UCLA's campus; Wadsworth Theatre sits on the V.A. grounds in Brentwood. For tickets and information call (310) 825-2101 or Ticketmaster, (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878.
— By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent