Sally Mayes, Chris Hoch and Robyn Hurder Play It Cool Off-Broadway, Starting Sept. 2 | Playbill

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News Sally Mayes, Chris Hoch and Robyn Hurder Play It Cool Off-Broadway, Starting Sept. 2 Play It Cool, which was part of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's 22nd annual festival in 2010, arrives Off-Broadway Sept. 2.

Chris Hoch
Chris Hoch

The new musical will officially open at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre Sept. 14 at 7 PM.

Sharon Rosen directs a cast that includes Sally Mayes (Steel Magnolias, Urban Cowboy, She Loves Me, winner of Outstanding Individual Performance Award for Play It Cool at NYMF '08), Michael Buchanan (The Addams Family, Cry-Baby), Chris Hoch (La Cage, Shrek, Spamalot), Robyn Hurder (Grease, Chicago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Michael F. McGuirk (An Evening at the Carlyle, Sessions).

The hot jazz-influenced musical was conceived by Larry Dean Harris and features a book by Martin Casella and Larry Dean Harris, lyrics by Mark Winkler, music by Phillp Swann with additional music by Jim Andron, Michael Cruz, Marilyn Harris, Emilio Palame and Larry Steelman.

Choreography is by Marc Kimelman. The production also features musical supervision/arrangements by Joe Baker, set design by Thomas A. Walsh, costume design by Therese Bruck, lighting design by Deb Sullivan, sound design by Carl Casella and Peter Fitzgerald with hair/wig design by Josh Schwartz. Jane Pole is production stage manager.

"Sexy… sultry…repressive – Hollywood 1953, an underground nightclub where everyone’s got a secret," press notes state. "At Mary's Hideaway, it was a place for sizzling jazz and for the ambitious people who are finding the courage to be who they are. It is the noir time of the '50s, and the laws governing gay and lesbian clubs, produced every glance that had a double meaning and the words that were innuendo. Here everything had to be done to the strict code. These are some of the people who had the guts to break the rules." Producer is Mary's Hideaway, LLC.

Show times are Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2 PM and 8 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM and 7 PM.

Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre is located at 410 W. 42nd Street. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at the Theatre Row Box Office or through TeleCharge by calling (212) 239-6200 or online at


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