Michael McGrath, Farah Alvin, Noah Racey & More Set for Cape Playhouse's 2014 Summer Season
Mark Cuddy, Producer of The Cape Playhouse, has announced the casting for his first slate of productions during the historic theater's 88th Season in Dennis, MA. Six shows - a mix of comedies, dramas & musicals - starring Broadway actors will be live on stage from June 9 - August 30, 2014.
The season kicks off with one of Neil Simon's most recognizable and timeless comedies, The Odd Couple, starring Tony Award-winner Michael McGrath as Oscar and Broadway veteran Noah Racey as Felix. Joined by Playhouse favorite Jennifer Cody and Playhouse newcomer Erin Lindsey Krom as the Pigeon sisters, and directed by John Miller-Stephany, this classic comedy plays June 9 through 21.
Veteran character actor Kenneth Tigar, from such television shows as "Barney Miller," "The Good Wife" and "House of Cards" plays Sigmund Freud, and Jonathan Crombie from the National Tour of The Drowsy Chaperone and the hit TV show "Slings and Arrows," plays C. S. Lewis in the Cape Cod Premiere of Mark St. Germain's humorous and powerful play, Freud's Last Session. Directed by Skip Greer, it plays June 23 through July 5.
James Beaman from the National Tour of Spamalot and Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll from the Broadway productions of Ragtime, Miss Saigon and last December's "The Sound of Music, Live!" will play John and Abigail Adams in this summer's highly anticipated production of 1776. This funny, insightful, and tension-filled story, with book by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, based on a concept by Sherman Edwards, and directed and choreographed by James Brennan, runs July 7 through 19.
Bruce Jordan, co-creator of Sheer Madness, directs Robin Hawdon's hilarious British farce, Perfect Wedding, playing July 21 through August 2. An unsuspecting bridegroom awakens oh his wedding day with a brilliant hangover and an unknown woman in his bed. It's a race against time as he has to make up a plausible story before his fiancée and future mother-in-law arrive. Enter his Best Man and the chambermaid, as everyone is pulled into action. Desperate times call for desperate measures in this hysterical romp! Making their Cape Playhouse debuts are Kate Middleton as the chambermaid; Cary Donaldson as the groom; Tom Coiner, the best man; Tom; Faith Sandberg as Rachel, the bride; and Kate Siepert as the mystery woman.
The down-home country fun of Pump Boys and Dinettes takes the stage August 4 through 16. Set in the Double Cupp Diner, in North Carolina, where the cherry pie is fresh, and the waitresses are like the coffee - hot! The boys from the gas station next door play a high-octane blend of country and bluegrass packed with entertaining toe-tappers about life, love, and good times. Farah Alvin (Broadway's Nine, The Look of Love, Saturday Night Fever, Grease!) and Erin Maguire (Forbidden Broadway) are the percussion-playing Dinettes; and Johnny Kinnaird (Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet), Travis Artz (Off-Broadway's The Awesome 80's Prom), Nathan Dame (national tour, The Addams Family), and Jonathan Spivey are the Pump Boys, playing rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass and keyboards respectively. The 30th Anniversary Production has book, lyrics and music by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann; directed by Mark Cuddy, with choreography by Outer Critic's Circle Nominee Peggy Hickey and musical direction by Nathan Dame.
A series of nine vignettes about love, in Almost, Maine, residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected, hilarious, heart-filled ways. This funny, New England romance features an exceptional ensemble of 4 actors playing 20 characters: Alexis McGuiness, Regan Thompson, Dave Mason, and Ron Menzel;. Written by John Cariani and directed by Skip Greer, Almost, Maine wraps up the season, playing August 18 through 30.
Each production of the 2014 Season will run for two weeks, with performances Mondays through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, and matinees on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm and Saturdays at 3:30 pm.
Season subscriptions at 19% savings are now available. Individual show tickets ranging from $21.50 to $81.00 can be purchased at CapePlayhouse.com, at the Cape Playhouse Box Office (820 Main Street, Route 6A, Dennis, MA), or by phone at 508-385-3911. Group discounts of 10 or more are also on sale. For more information, visit CapePlayhouse.com or call 508-385-3911.
Photo by Walter McBride