Breaking News: DAMES AT SEA to Set Sail on Broadway in 2014; Directed and Choreographed by Randy Skinner
Infinity Theatre Company (Anna Roberts Ostroff & Alan Ostroff) and Perry Street Theatricals (Martin Platt & David Elliott) have just announced that the first Broadway production of DAMES AT SEA will set sail on Broadway in 2014. With a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, music by Jim Wise, and musical direction byRob Berman (The Pajama Game, Finian's Rainbow), DAMES AT SEA will be directed and choreographed by three time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner (42nd Street, Irving Berlin's White Christmas). Design team, casting, production dates and Broadway theatre will be announced at a later date.
"This is a quintessential American musical with an amazingly tuneful score and a really clever book, and this Dames will have more dancing than ever before," said director/choreographer Randy Skinner, "For the first time in New York, Dames will be heard with a fully orchestrated score."
"Randy's vision for this first ever Broadway production of DAMES AT SEA remains true to the original concept of the show, but will raise the bar much higher for our cast," said producer Anna Roberts Ostroff. "We are currently looking for just the right house for this very special show."
One of the most unique musicals ever created, the original production of DAMES AT SEA pulled off the feat of creating a magnificent musical extravaganza experience with a tight, multi-talented cast of six. DAMES AT SEA opened Off-Broadway at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre on December 20, 1968, and became an immediate smash hit and quickly transferred to the Theater de Lys on April 22, 1969, were it went on to run for 575 performances. The production starred a young ingénue named Bernadette Peters as Ruby, launching the career of one of Broadway's greatest stars. DAMES AT SEA successfully crossed the Atlantic twice to play the West End's Duchess Theatre in 1969 and again in 1989 to play the West End's Haymarket Theatre.
Directed and choreographed by the three-time Tony Award-nominated choreographer Randy Skinner, DAMES AT SEA is a tap-happy, navy-crazy celebration of the golden era of movie musicals with a heart as big as the ocean! Ruby steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show, but hours before the opening night curtain is to rise, the cast learns their theater is being demolished. Ruby and the cast, with the help of some adoring sailors, set a plan in motion to perform the show on a naval battleship. Featuring rollicking tap dancing, love at first sight, joyful music and a boatload of laughs, this glittering musical extravaganza has everything you need to sweep your glooms away.
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George Haimsohn (Book & Lyrics) was born in St. Louis and served in the Navy in World War II. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he had his first poetry published in the student literary journal. Mr. Haimsohn's theater credits include the musicals Dames At Sea; Now, Zing! and Johnny American. He was also a professional photographer known as Plato in the early years of physique photography and passed away in 2002 at the age of 77.
Robin Miller (Book & Lyrics) began his career as a journalist in New York just after World War II. He also wrote scripts, including a screenplay for The Canterville Ghost. Subsequently, he joined forces with George Haimsohn and Jim Wise to createDames At Sea. He also wrote the book and lyrics for a musical version of Vanity Fair, and collaborated on Peg and Radio Times,both of which were produced in London. He passed away in 2010, aged 82.