Have whine, will travel.
The hit Broadway comedy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, about a depressed Upper West Side wife whose life is turned around by the return of a worldly childhood friend, will have a national tour, according to Manhattan Theatre Club.
The touring company of the Charles Busch play is expected to go out in spring 2002, under the direction again of Lynne Meadow, the MTC artistic director who helmed the world premiere at MTC's Stage II in 2000. The show sold-out an extended Off-Broadway run at MTC in early 2000 with Linda Lavin, Tony Roberts, Michele Lee, Shirl Bernheim in the small cast. The company moved to Broadway's Barrymore Theatre in fall 2000, earned several Tony Award nominations and became a hit, making back its investment.
No casting or cities have been announced for the tour. Lavin left the Broadway run recently. Valerie Harper now plays Marjorie Taub, the title character.
For the Broadway Allergist's Wife, MTC partners with producers Carol Shorenstein Hays, Daryl Roth, Stuart Thompson and Douglas S. Cramer. On Broadway, Harper plays the Upper West Side Jewish pseudo intellectual housewife whose comic self-hatred is alleviated by the arrival of free-living, free-loving childhood friend (Michele Lee, playing a character named Lee). Roberts plays Harper's blase allergist husband, Bernheim is her hateful, aging mother and Kumar is the building's doorman.
Designers remain Santo Loquasto (set), Ann Roth (costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lighting) and Bruce Ellman (sound). Presumably, their work would be recreated for the tour.
Playwright Busch is the popular drag performer and scribe whose work includes Psycho Beach Party, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Green Heart and Die! Mommy! Die!