FREEZE FRAME: SOAP DISH's John Stamos & Rob Ashford
As BroadwayWorld first reported, a reading is currently taking place for SOAP DISH THE MUSICAL, directed by Rob Ashford, with a book by Robert Harling, music by George Stiles and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe. The cast of includes Kristin Chenoweth, John Stamos, Jane Krakowski, Cristin Milioti, Anne L. Nathan, Michael Park, Miriam Shor and Daniel Torres. At this time there has been no formal announcement, or set timetable for the show. The reading is being presented by Laurence Mark, Donald De Line and Broadway Across America.
In 2010, at the show's first reading, Baz Bamigboye reported in UK Daily Mail that "Gavin Creel and Sally Ann Triplett were among the cast doing a workshop today in London for another Stiles and Drewe show, a musical based on the comedy film Soapdish."
Soap Dish is a 1991 comedy film which tells a backstage story of the cast and crew of a popular fictional television soap opera. It starred Sally Field as an aging soap star, joined by Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Elisabeth Shue, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Hatcher, Cathy Moriarty, Garry Marshall, Kathy Najimy, and Carrie Fisher, as well as cameo appearances by TV personalities like Leeza Gibbons, John Tesh, and Ben Stein. Kline was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the film. Soapdish was directed by Michael Hoffman, from a screenplay by Robert Harling and Andrew Bergman. The film was produced by Aaron Spelling and Field's then-husband Alan Greisman.
An ambitious TV soap actress connives with her producer to scuttle the career of the show's long-time star, but nothing works as they plan. Celeste Talbert has been the queen of the soaps for over two decades. Montana Moorehead needs to get her out of her way before she can move on and begins her program to get her to leave. She hires an old boyfriend of Celeste to be on the show and has Celeste become a murderer in the script, but each attempt has unforseen consequences"